How To Make Social Media Great Again

How To Make Social Media Great Again

Pew Research reports two-thirds of American’s think social media harms the country. There are many similar studies, all pointing to social media destroying our lives. Social media is not inherently good or bad; it’s a tool. Like a simple hammer, Twitter or Instagram bend to the will of the user. Sure, the networks are filled…

I Bought a Selfie Ring Light

I Bought a Selfie Ring Light

I bought a selfie ring light over the weekend. It’s an inexpensive thing that clips on your phone and provides better lighting for pictures. The $14.99 it set me back isn’t a hefty price, but I’m questioning the life choices that brought me to this moment. Let’s rewind. I never understood selfies. Taking pictures of…

This Just In: Social Authenticity

This Just In: Social Authenticity

Did the coronavirus force us into an authentic form of social media? Five years ago, Essena O’Neill, an Australian teenager, earned $2,000 per post on Instagram. More than 600,000 followers looked at O’Neill for advice and inspiration. Then she abruptly quit social media. Deleting over 2,000 pictures, O’Neill said social media was “contrived perfection made to…

This Just In: Support Other Artists

This Just In: Support Other Artists

Earlier this summer, a high school senior interviewed me about the pandemic. One of their questions asked if the coronavirus proves governments should fund STEM/scientific research over the arts, particularly in schools. Here’s how I answered: This pandemic is proving the vital need for STEM research and scientific funding. These areas are crucial investments at…

Building Community While Social Distancing

Building Community While Social Distancing

Social distancing is the latest phrase to enter the global lexicon. Epidemiologists agree avoiding people is the only tool we have to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. People are more isolated and lonely than ever. Social distancing, while vital, will cut people off from their communities, friends, neighbors, and families. So how…

I Am Not Entitled to Internet Fame and Fortune

I Am Not Entitled to Internet Fame and Fortune

Since it’s a Thursday, and since the New York Times decided to tackle the subject, it’s time to hate on Medium again. Such a pain, always having to complain about products and services I love… In the NY Times article, Ev Williams — founder of Medium — asserts that the internet is broken. “I think the internet is broken….