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Joseph Kaminski

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June 27, 2017

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Printing the Internet: Preserving our Digital History

We oftentimes hear of historians archiving old documents onto a digital server, bloggers recording their thoughts on white screens, and news articles being published via social media. We use digital ‘encyclopedias’ like Wikipedia rather than opening actual books. Credible newspaper after newspaper have ditched the old fashioned art of publishing to save costs and increase viewers. In

Trump’s Social Media Disasters

Back when #DeleteYourAccount gained media attention despite being an internet meme for years because of Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump erupted into a little temper tantrum. The best part about that whole kerfuffle was that Hillary Clinton probably didn’t even know about it until the news started reporting on it, but it consumed Trump’s every waking moment for the next sixteen speeches and thirty scheduled tweets. Of course, that’s speculation – but it’s well-deserved and well-placed analysis as well. So, who runs Trump’s Twitter?

Three Years of Blogging

It’s been three years since I’ve started this “journey”. Although I’ve been writing on websites for three years now, the amount of content I post has only just recently exploded. I’d just like to thank some of the people that have been reading my stuff for a while now. Robert Horvat, Sean Munger, Ken Lohatepanont, Elliot Declet, Michael Andoscia, and Blog Liberally have earned these spots!

The Likert Scale

I know this is a little late in terms of technology and updates, but if you’re on Facebook you’ve noticed that the traditional “like” system has replaced itself with an optional range of emoticons. From “like” to “love” to “haha”, “wow”, “sad”, and “angry”; this new system allows interaction between social media aficionados to be more complex than ever before. It’s more than obvious why Facebook turned to this new system: a major flaw that’s plagued simple conversation since the beginning of instant messaging. Users have been forced to “like” messages coming from grieving widows and cancer patients. A bit of an, erm, awkward experience from both sides if you really think about it.

The Dark Age of Information

From cellular phones to personal computers, humanity is becoming dependent upon technology. Clunky encyclopedias are outdated within a year while the internet is updated constantly. Newspapers line bird cages and litter the streets while colorful apps alert us every hour on the hour. Less people are clocking in for the six o’clock news while more people get their news from more trustworthy social media applications. The way we get our information is steadily becoming less traditional and more technological!

Me, Myself, and I Don’t Agree With Ben Widdicombe.

We live in a fantastic age for journalism. One where we can pick up fine letter print in the form of a tablet, read news off of cellular devices, and get up-to-date breaking news as irritating little buzzes on our hips. Sometimes the news isn’t that great, though. An article titled “What Happens When Millennials Run the Workplace?” was posted by Ben Widdicombe on the New York Times not too long ago. I have a better title for you, Ben: “What Happens When A Member of Generation X Tries To Write About Millennials?”

Sanders Supporters: Emotional Investment and Political Reasoning

Now, I’m a Bernie Sanders supporter — if that’s not obvious — yet I still get positive contact and correspondence from the Clinton fan-base whenever I post my opinions and thoughts towards the former Secretary of State and First Lady. From what the Internet, with sources such as Reddit, want you to believe is that Clinton supporters are brain dead and ignorant towards the “socialism” part of “Democratic socialism”. From over a years’ worth of commenting on both the Sanders and Clinton campaign, this is not the case.

You Can't Be Pro-Life AND Pro-War

How is saying “Diplomacy > War” a socialist idealism? How can you label someone a “socialist” based on the simple fact that war is bad? That’s the problem with most of these Cold War Republicans. They’re so outraged by anything liberal that they’re willing to shut down anything that sounds human. I was going to ignore this guy, but then I checked his profile. He proclaimed himself to be “pro-life”, just like any modern day Republican in America.

If Twitter Changes Their Character Limit to 10,000…

In a world going through the final steps of globalization, social media platforms are turning into daily routine. Twitter, an online social networking service that was created in March 2006, has been dominating the recent surge of social media since the (beginning of the) collapse of Facebook, which should be losing 80% of its users by 2017. While the social platform game has drastically changed since the pioneering of cluttered sites like Myspace, which launched on August 1st, 2003, the gimmick of Twitter has (for the most part) stayed the same throughout its current lifespan.

Oregon Under Attack: No, an Armed Militia is NOT “PEACEFUL Protesting”

We couldn’t even go an entire week in 2016 without something bat-shit crazy happening in America, couldn’t we. For a nation that is supposedly the “land of the free” we see a lot of these news stories. At least 372 mass shootings occurred within the United States in 2015, making it “The Year of Mass Shootings”. Due to these 372 mass shootings, 475 people were killed and 1,870 were injured.