Twitter To The Rescue

Twitter To The Rescue

When anyone asks what my favorite social platform is (outside of Medium, of course!), I answer with Twitter. Sure, Twitter has received its fair share of bad press lately, but it’s still my favorite for connecting directly with people. As writers, it’s also a fantastic tool for connecting with and building an audience. I also…

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…

It’s Time to Verify the Internet

It’s Time to Verify the Internet

Harmful language, violent rhetoric, and misinformation are all too common on social media websites. A 2018 study by the Anti-Defamation League asserted 53% of Americans experienced online harassment or hate speech. As violent rhetoric fueled the insurrection at the United States Capitol earlier this month, that percentage is likely higher today. Social media companies and…

This Just In: College Is Obsolete

This Just In: College Is Obsolete

The higher education bubble is finally bursting My freshman year of college began in late August 2001. Less than a month into my pseudo-adulthood, the entire world changed. None of us knew what was happening on September 11th. We huddled together in dorms to morn and vent and seek answers together. Classes adapted to discuss terrorism…

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…

Get Off The Internet

Get Off The Internet

“Card games, now that’s a good way to pass the time.” An older woman observes my group of fifteen high school students huddled in circles playing games. We’ve just spent a week in the Dominican Republic and are enjoying a layover in the Miami airport before our final flight home. Throughout the week, card games…

A Comprehensive List of Everyone Still Using Facebook

A Comprehensive List of Everyone Still Using Facebook

Are you considering deleting Facebook? Are you fearful you’ll miss out on something amazing if you wipe the account from your life? Fear no more, dear reader! I’ve conducted exhaustive research and compiled an extensive list of every demographic still using Facebook. If you identify with any group on the list, stick around. If not,…