Dance Culture on Youtube

Within a few months, Youtube has raised the visibility of dance significantly. People are watching more dance videos on Youtube then ever before. Dance groups such as Royal Family (New Zealand) and Spirit of Color (Tufts) are receiving more views than ever online. The increased popularity of hip hop/twerk/vogue styles of dancing have taken over…

Who’s better at lip reading: Bernie or Hillary?

The beauty of social media is the ability to make it your own. Snapchat and Instagram are that much more amusing when imprinted with a person’s own sense of humor. Photo shop and advanced editing tools have enabled everyone to leave their creative mark. Take a dry, heady political debate between Bernie and Hilary and throw…

Snapchat’s 4/20 Filter

Snapchat decided to hop on the 4/20 bandwagon to connect with their stoner users. However, it turned into somewhat of a PR disaster when Bob Marley became the face of the celebration. Not all users interpreted Snapchat’s way of celebrating 4/20 as pleasantly as they may have intended. Many accused Snapchat of encouraging blackface, while others…

Citizen War Reporting

Citizen journalism uncovered many dark moments of our culture. The smart phone, for example, enabled millions of people to witness crimes of police brutality and racial profiling. With the development of Montage, war reporting is the latest journalistic beat to be crowd sourced. Thousands of hours of conflict currently exist on Youtube. Syria’s conflict alone…

Golden Age of Surveillance

Do you ever wonder why these seemingly random ads pop up on your Facebook? Newsflash: they are anything but “random.” I hate to break it to you folks, but we’ve entered a new era. In the “Golden Age of Surveillance,” nothing is private. Every key-stroke on smart phones, word phrase typed into Google search bar,…

Beyonce Makes Lemonade

When life hands you lemons, you can either cry or go and watch Beyonce’s visual album “Lemonade.” She’s managed to outdo herself and change how we enjoy music online… once again. In just an hour and five minutes, you are taken through a whirl whind of feelings: “Intuition,” “Denial,” “Apathy,” “Emptiness” and “Resurrection.” She takes us…

The Power of a ‘Like’

You are what you like and there is real power behind this. We’ve entered a new generation where many teens take to the web to connect with artists, celebrities, movies, brands, and one another.  It’s no longer enough to share your interests with one another by word of mouth. If you “like” something, you may as…

Social Media Celebrity Exposes Truth Behind All Posts

Do you know this girl? Because we do. Meet Essena O’Neill, former Instagram Celebrity. In January, Essena quit social media altogether, only after recently going through ALL of her Instagrams and changing the caption to what is REALLY going on in the picture. As Instagram users, we like to think we are aware of what…

How We Communicate: Context Matters

With the emergence of new forms of communication and interaction every day, the reasoning between using a particular service over another begins to vary. When is a Skype call more appropriate than a phone call? Is Facebook Chat too unprofessional a medium to speak to your boss with? In this post, we explore the ways in…

New Media Relationships

What are all of these technologies doing to our relationships? It seems as though everyone and their mother has an opinion on this topic. However, believe it or not, there is very little evidence to prove one argument or the other. It’s a fairly developing field in the sociological world. There’s no doubt that all…

Instagram Strengthens Social Class Distinctions

Social class incongruities are more apparent than ever on Instagram. Upper-class elites set the standard for the middle-class, who inherently are expressing their insecurities by following Instagram “celebrities” in the first place. Why? Because our generation has been force fed the idea that we need to constantly be trying to fit the mold set for…

#National Pet Day

Why put a pound sign before “National Pet Day”… you may ask? Great question. Hashtags are a way to digitally group together trending topics, content, or events on social media pages. For example, today is National Pet Day — a very important holiday to some.  In fact, it is the second trending topic on Twitter. If you have…