Posts Categorized: Current Events

Justin Bieber to Overtake Lady Gaga for Most Twitter Followers: Who Cares?

CNN (and numerous other news sources) reported that Justin Bieber will soon overtake Lady Gaga as Twitter’s leading account. As the Biebs inches ever closer to ultimate Twitter rule, we have to wonder: who really cares? While seemingly just another insignificant indicator of “success,” a large Twitter following is actually more than just a cool… Read more »

How Not to Respond to a Negative Tweet: Lessons Learned from Governor Brownback

In the past few days, a Kansas teen has sure stirred things up in this country. After attending a Youth in Government program in Topeka, high school senior Emma Sullivan tweeted, “Just made mean comments at gov Brownback and told him he sucked, in person #heblowsalot.” This tweet, initially a joke between her and her… Read more »

Geeking Out on 11/11/11

The kids are out of school today, banks are closed, there’s no mail. Obviously, something special is going on. Turkey hasn’t gone on sale yet…what’s going on? Well, the calendar reminds us that today is Armistice Day or Veterans Day—two occasions certainly worth commemorating, but is that really what all the fuss is about? Not… Read more »

Thank you, Steve Jobs

“I’m the only person I know that’s lost a quarter of a billion dollars in one year…. It’s very character-building.” – Steve Jobs When we remember Steve Jobs, we tend to remember the successful parts of his legacy: the founding of Apple in 1976, the invention of the iPhone in 2007, and his investment in… Read more »

Social Media: Voice of the People or Incitement to Violence?

During what has come to be called the Arab Spring, protestors and revolutionaries across North Africa and the Middle East made significant use of social media such as Facebook and Twitter to plan, organize, communicate, and subvert state attempts to censor their activities and shut down communications. The use of mobile phones to engage on… Read more »