Advertising is a Battlefield

I’ll admit, advertising has never been a strong interest of mine, and I am usually nothing but annoyed by commercials on TV and radio, and ads on the Internet. That being said, I did find it interesting to study advertising this week and get a better grasp of the industry and where it’s headed. Whether…

The Future of Journalism

A question was posed to us this week that I have considered many times in the past few years: What do you think is the future of journalism? A broad question, to be sure, but also thought-provoking. I have been in the journalism field for 13 years and I’ve seen plenty of changes during that…

Look at that Data, it’s so … BIG

Learning about Big Data this week had the same effect on me as when a person truly realizes their place in the cosmos – understanding the vastness of the data and the potential that lies within is thrilling, but realizing how massive and unpredictable it is is also terrifying. But unlike the cosmos, which are…

Internet Governance: We’re Only as Free as We Think We Are

Week 5 is in the books, and it was an enlightening one. The history of Internet regulation is fascinating, characterized by many different attempts to legislate content, speech and activity online. But for every new effort to regulate the Internet, there is someone who can find a loophole or find a new technology that hasn’t…

The Digital Divide: No (Man, Woman, Child) Left Behind?

I grew up solidly middle class, and when personal computers became all the rage in the late 90s, my family was able to purchase one, along with the painfully slow dial-up Internet access that was standard back then. Sure, we couldn’t afford all the latest gadgets right when they came out, but we had access…

The Social Media Experience

I continue to be surprised by things I learn each week about the history of the Internet, social media and digital communications. This week, my gee-whiz moment came when I learned that LinkedIn is one of the oldest social networks. It was founded in 2003 and was the first professional networking site. It’s interesting that…

Internet: A Force for Good, or Evil?

Week 2 of Intro to Digital Communications was all about the history of the Internet, how technology has evolved, and the state of the Internet today. The history of the Internet was interesting (who knew it had military AND commercial origins? Oh, everyone but me knew? Okay), and it was fun to look back at…

Media Critic vs. Consumer

This entry marks the beginning of my Master’s program at the Newhouse School, and my first blog post ever. With a career in communications, it’s a little embarrassing to admit that I’ve never blogged, but my experience has been with the military and the government, which have historically tended toward traditional forms of communication. That’s…

Hello world!

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