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Social media shapes travel experiences

Social media shapes travel experiences

Khushi Kadakia

September 14, 2018


Filed under Features

While scrolling through Instagram, Twitter or Facebook this summer, you’ll likely encounter travel pictures populating your feed. These images of plane tickets and crystal clear waves fill social media platforms, with “60 percent of travelers [using] social media to showcase their vacation photos,...

Pros and cons of art on social media

Pros and cons of art on social media

Madeline Holobinko

September 14, 2018


Filed under Arts

From sketches to photography to paintings, art is just a click away, thanks to social media. According to Mashable, over 3 billion people take to social networking apps like Instagram and Snapchat to stay connected with the world. With such a large audience at their fingertips, artists have started t...

Social media fuels FOMO

Social media fuels FOMO

Mia Gallo

May 4, 2018


Filed under Features

Junior Greer Shanley of Fair Haven often finds herself constantly refreshing Snapchat and Instagram when her friends are all together but she is not there. Urban Dictionary defines the term “FOMO” as an acronym for “fear of missing out.” In other terms, FOMO means being scared to miss a p...

Are finstas really as private as we think?

Are finstas really as private as we think?

Maria Maroko

May 4, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Scrolling through someone’s instagram is fairly routine: you can expect to find selfies, pictures of family and friends, and even the occasional inoffensive joke. However, when it comes to the subject of so-called fake instas, or “finstas”, you find a variety of much more interesting content, ...

Themes, rules filter into social media feeds

Themes, rules filter into social media feeds

Mia Gallo

November 13, 2017


Filed under Features

Prime posting time, follower ratios, post frequency, filters, hashtags. All of these are essential to truly mastering Instagram. According to Vogue, there are many “rules” to Instagram for maximizing likes. Such include a “prime” posting time, appropriate follower to following ratio (hint: make sure...

Teens experience peer pressure through technology

Teens experience peer pressure through technology

Caroline Monaghan

September 15, 2017


Filed under Opinion

The pressure we feel comes from much more than solely our peers. TV shows, movies and social media apps like Snapchat and Instagram create internal pressure for teenagers. But peer pressure is not a constant negative, nor does it function the way one sees in the movies. The National Center on Addiction and Substan...

Citizens and politicians interacting via social media can be beneficial or futile

Citizens and politicians interacting via social media can be beneficial or futile

Linda Badaracco

April 20, 2017


Filed under Features, In-Depth

With political posts frequently making headlines for better or for worse, politicians’ social media communication is front and center in the public eye. As of 2014, 16 percent of registered voters follow politicians on a social media site, according to Pew Research Center. This share of voters dou...

Activists utilize social media to bring change

Activists utilize social media to bring change

Sally Ehlers

April 20, 2017


Filed under Features, In-Depth

Activism has been prevalent since the start of the United States and is still a common occurrence in 2017. As the times and technology have changed since the American Revolution, many utilize social media as an outlet for political advocacy. Political activists can be defined as people who promote certain...

Twitternation: politicians work social media into political platforms

Twitternation: politicians work social media into political platforms

Lara Graney

April 19, 2017


Filed under In-Depth

The hashtags. The likes. The retweets. For some social media users, Twitter is just that. But for the modern-day politician, the versatile 140-character message can be a powerful weapon, self-endorsement or even a soapbox speech. And our current president – also known as the “Commander-in-Tweet”...

Social justice warriors affect social movements

Social justice warriors affect social movements

Lauren Spiezia

March 25, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Some avid social media users know that one person who constantly posts “Check your privilege!” and stirs online fights over social and political issues. The term for people like this is social justice warriors (SJWs) and is classified by the Oxford Dictionary as “an informal or derogatory term for a pe...

Social media cleanses are beyond beneficial

Social media cleanses are beyond beneficial

Izzy Cavazzoni

March 15, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Six hundred million Instagram accounts. Over a billion daily active users on Facebook. Around 350,000 average tweets per minute. No matter the platform, social media’s ubiquitous presence in the daily lives of people across the globe is unmistakable. In pursuit of less distractions and more fre...

Instagram popularizes Monmouth County gems

Instagram popularizes Monmouth County gems

Emme Leong

March 14, 2017


Filed under Arts, Showcase

From an aerial shot of an acai bowl to a pose in front of a music stage, photos like these prove that Monmouth County owns its fair share of locales that are deemed “Instagram-worthy.” The term can be summed up as anything that evokes emotion, including but not limited to: laughter, appreciat...

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