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The Effects Of Media Coverage On Mass Shootings In The United States, Lisa Chen Sep 2018

The Effects Of Media Coverage On Mass Shootings In The United States, Lisa Chen

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This paper discusses the effects media coverage and media portrayal have on mass shootings in the United States. As the occurrences of mass shootings in the United States have increased, the depiction of these events through news outlets, media stories and journal articles have also increased. With these devastating events on the rise, the perceived public safety within the nation is at stake. By evaluating the effects of media coverage on mass shootings, we are able to uncover whether it may be encouraging the increasing trend. Through the examination of multiple news articles, scholarly journals, and books through a behavioral ...


The Power Of Influence: Traditional Celebrity Vs Social Media Influencer, Melody Nouri Sep 2018

The Power Of Influence: Traditional Celebrity Vs Social Media Influencer, Melody Nouri

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This article examines how YouTube and Instagram micro-celebrities are able to influence pop culture trends in regards to fashion and beauty at greater extents than the traditional celebrity. From their ability to create communities where users feel more connected to the influencer through higher levels of engagement, authenticity, and reliability, we can conclude that social media stars have the upper hand in endorsing products. From the implications of the social media star’s greater amount of influence on consumers, I conclude that product marketing efforts should prioritize using social media celebrities as their main advertising platform due to more efficient ...


Social Impacts Of Popular Culture During The Vietnam War, Chris Ashton Sep 2018

Social Impacts Of Popular Culture During The Vietnam War, Chris Ashton

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In this paper, I will argue that popular culture is imperative to a population overcoming and learning from a time of economical, political, and social turmoil. Focusing on the Vietnam War, I will demonstrate how common it is for people to rely on popular culture for hope and education during times of crises and it is often that music, movies, or artwork are those outlets.

By dissecting the messages of other popular songs recorded during the Vietnam War while also examining books like The Vietnam War and American Music written by David James and Songs of the Vietnam Conflict by ...


Rap Music As A Positive Influence On Black Youth And American Politics, Natalie Wilson Sep 2018

Rap Music As A Positive Influence On Black Youth And American Politics, Natalie Wilson

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This article will examine the impact of rap music on Black American youth as well as contemporary American politics with an emphasis on police brutality.


The Effect Of Cws On Adolescent Health, Mitchell Shi Sep 2018

The Effect Of Cws On Adolescent Health, Mitchell Shi

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This article will be covering the problem of celebrity worship. Celebrity worship has been in debate over the past few years regarding whether it is a harmful activity or not among adolescents, but with the recent established psychological disorder of Celebrity Worship Syndrome, it can be shown that it has become a serious health issue. One side argues that celebrity worship is harmless, even a helpful practice to pursue. The other side, however, argues that celebrity worship is detrimental to the mental and physical wellbeing of the adolescents. It is important to understand what celebrity worship entails, the different tests ...


Marketing Influences Through Strategic Campaigns And Sustainability, Oliver Martin Sep 2018

Marketing Influences Through Strategic Campaigns And Sustainability, Oliver Martin

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This article will present how marketing can transcend boundaries and promote future globalization. The implementation of the triple bottom line consisting of environmental, social and economic values has proven to be successful in the growing of brands beyond their product and services. One study illustrates that consumers' purchasing patterns are affected by brand culture and ethics. The companies Starbucks, Ikea and Unilever utilize their extensive marketing reach not only to promote their business, but future change and equality. This article will argue how the interconnectivity of marketing campaigns will transcend barriers and create a common ground, which we so desperately ...


Private Equity Success: High Returns In A Risky World, Ross Corey Sep 2018

Private Equity Success: High Returns In A Risky World, Ross Corey

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This article will be covering how a private equity firm, despite the firm’s investment preferences, can lessen their risk without negatively affecting the potential gains in their assets and capital by making the right considerations. Investing in platforms such as stocks, bonds, and real estate may offer good long term returns. A small percentage of people look to invest in private equity markets. A reason for this is because funds have high minimum investments which makes private equity more exclusive compared to many public markets. A private equity investment, in most cases, is an opportunity for higher returns, with ...


Streaming Services, Binging, And Cultural Consequences, Sean Flanagan Sep 2018

Streaming Services, Binging, And Cultural Consequences, Sean Flanagan

Advanced Writing: Pop Culture Intersections

This article discusses how streaming services such as Netflix are affecting cultural ideas and attitudes towards media.


The Impact Of Podcasts In Education, Thomas Goldman Sep 2018

The Impact Of Podcasts In Education, Thomas Goldman

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This article will be covering the impact of podcasts in education. Multimedia has been apart of education and classroom environments for over 40 years. With the recent rise in podcast creators and consumers, it is natural that this aspect of media would also spread into education. The use of podcasts in education is controversial, one side argues that podcasts have no place in education and are merely a distraction. The same was said about PowerPoint presentations and in-class videos at one point of time, however multimedia in the classroom has become the new norm. This article will provide the argument ...


The Effects Of Social Media And Apps On Exercise And Health Habits Of Millennial Women, Sarah Mason Sep 2018

The Effects Of Social Media And Apps On Exercise And Health Habits Of Millennial Women, Sarah Mason

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Exercise and eating healthy have become the next big trends, with new technology and social media allowing them to flourish. It is difficult to avoid this trend when “#fitspiration” is the caption of over 15 million instagram posts and there are hundreds of smartphone applications (apps) focused on health and fitness, that function to track your goals, provide tips or even include full workouts and healthy recipes.


City Backdrop: Television And Its Gentrifying Influence On A City's Black Community, Ana Hoshovsky Sep 2018

City Backdrop: Television And Its Gentrifying Influence On A City's Black Community, Ana Hoshovsky

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This paper will focus on the issue of race representation in television and its implications to real life communities in the cities featured in television. Scenes from the comedy show Portlandia will be examined to determine the effects the show has on the black community of Northeast Portland, Oregon. Characters from HBO’s Treme will also be analyzed to assess the show’s claim of representing the struggles of locals in a post-Katrina New Orleans. The lack of diverse representation throughout Portlandia’s eight seasons has caused the show to help to fuel the gentrification in the city. Viewers of ...


The Missing “X” In Ethnic And Cultural Acceptance, Sofia Michelle Sandoval Larco Sep 2018

The Missing “X” In Ethnic And Cultural Acceptance, Sofia Michelle Sandoval Larco

Advanced Writing: Pop Culture Intersections

In our modern world of heightened wall building, we are confident more separates us than brings us together. Added to our intrinsic differences, we find distinctions amongst people of our same gender, ethnicity, and race. These separations, in the long run, can turn into acts of miscommunication, create discomfort and animosity; and thus begins a tragic cycle of thinking in binaries. In this article I will argue that by reclaiming rhetoric traditions Latinx creators have continued a hesitant social move to refashion the aggregate memory of bondage and discrimination that began in colonial times. These creators are not blaming a ...


Social Media And Consumer Culture: Addicted To The Idealized Consumer, James Laeder Sep 2018

Social Media And Consumer Culture: Addicted To The Idealized Consumer, James Laeder

Advanced Writing: Pop Culture Intersections

For better or for worse, social media has become party of the fabric of society. As technology and social networking sites increasingly affect the behavior and culture around us, signs of digital addiction are on the rise. This article discusses the connection between consumer culture and social networking site addiction.


Social Media’S Effect On Mental Health: How America’S Youth Are More Vulnerable To Its Negative Implications, Melissa Magner Sep 2018

Social Media’S Effect On Mental Health: How America’S Youth Are More Vulnerable To Its Negative Implications, Melissa Magner

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This article explores the potentially negative psychological effects social media photo-sharing platforms have on America’s adolescents. While most studies on mental health effects related to social media use have focused on Facebook and the young adult age group 18-35, this article focuses on users under the age of 18 with an emphasis on Instagram and Snapchat – the two most rapidly growing social networking sites for adolescents. Photo-sharing sites have characteristics different than other social media sites, specifically the ability to alter photos and to communicate live time through videos and photos, which may have different mental health consequences on ...


Partisanship In The Media: A Comprehensive Look At The History And Potential For Bias In News Media, Henry Ferguson Sep 2016

Partisanship In The Media: A Comprehensive Look At The History And Potential For Bias In News Media, Henry Ferguson

Advanced Writing: Pop Culture Intersections

On July 10, 2016 Republican Presidential Nominee Donald Trump tweeted, “The media is so dishonest. If I make a statement, they twist it and turn it to make it sound bad or foolish. They think the public is stupid!”[1] On August 10, 2016 Trump’s campaign released a statement titled, “Trump Campaign Statement on Dishonest Media.”[2] The statement itself had nothing to do with media dishonesty, but rather the statement clarified some remarks the candidate made during a speech about gun control. Both of these statements were made due to Trump’s feeling that his words had been ...


Green Religion: Manipulation Transcending Ideology, Miranda Wittmond Sep 2016

Green Religion: Manipulation Transcending Ideology, Miranda Wittmond

Advanced Writing: Pop Culture Intersections

As more Americans become aware of the environmental consequences of their actions and decisions, corporations have moved to profit off of rising environmental consciousness. However, instead of changing their practices to actually become environmentally conscious, many corporations often instead present a false front to make our society perceive them as green when they are not, an action commonly referred to as greenwashing. This allows them to gain advantage over their competitors, some of which might actually be sustainable, by taking advantage of consumers’ environmental consciousness. Despite legal action taken to stop this and federal laws putting restrictions on green advertising ...


Tinder: True Love Or A Nightmare?, Anthony Kao Sep 2016

Tinder: True Love Or A Nightmare?, Anthony Kao

Advanced Writing: Pop Culture Intersections

The computer first played matchmaker in the late 1950s. Data would have been fed into the system, and after some data crunching, it would spit out a match based on common interests. Today’s dating sites, such as eHarmony.com, PlentyOfFish, and Match.com are reminiscent of the earliest days of online dating - they rely on algorithms to pair potential matches based on shared interests. With the advent of mobile dating apps such as Tinder, of which I will examine in-depth in my paper, the ability for geo-location, which allows users to “see” other users that are nearby their location ...


Capitalism And Control: An Examination Of Capitalist Trends Against Consumers, Sravan Ramaswamy Aug 2016

Capitalism And Control: An Examination Of Capitalist Trends Against Consumers, Sravan Ramaswamy

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This article will be covering a number of debates over years. A number of studies have been done on the nature of privacy and its place in the modern world as we move forward in the digital age. One study called "The Privacy-Innovation Conundrum" by Ted Zarsky argues for the existence of a tradeoff that policy makers have to make between favoring innovation and hurting privacy or favoring privacy, but reducing the incentive to create new ideas[1]. This argument makes a great deal of sense if we view information as not dissimilar to money. However, it leaves open interpretation ...


Influence Of Mass Media On Medical Screening, Specifically Breast Cancer Screening, Yashvi Siddhapura Aug 2016

Influence Of Mass Media On Medical Screening, Specifically Breast Cancer Screening, Yashvi Siddhapura

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Mass Media has influenced various aspects of our culture, from how we wake up to how we sleep. Over the years, popular media has expanded in our society due to the technological advancements; we are now able to access these various mass media mediums through one tap. One of the most influential topics in our culture is health and mass media has played a huge role in impacting a healthy lifestyle. Through this medium, people are also informed about medical advancements which can be very helpful in maintaining a healthy lifestyle if they are at a risk for a disease ...


The Underlying Consequences Of Social Media, Hannah Baz Aug 2016

The Underlying Consequences Of Social Media, Hannah Baz

Advanced Writing: Pop Culture Intersections

Since childhood, we, as human beings, are taught to look to others for signals and indications about how to live our lives. It is an innate human desire to evaluate, assess, and improve our skills based on what everyone else leads us to perceive is right or ideal. Such comparison is a necessary facet to social order- we compare political leaders, stocks, investments, property, ect. in order to determine what choice will lead to the best outcome. However, leaping into the abyss of comparison is not always one worth taking. With the recent exponential growth of technology, social comparison is ...


Aggression And Driving: Separating Ourselves From The Games, Jennifer Yin Aug 2016

Aggression And Driving: Separating Ourselves From The Games, Jennifer Yin

Advanced Writing: Pop Culture Intersections

In 2015 on a busy street in Los Angeles, California, two cars were driving next to each other. One decided to cut in front of the other, angering the first driver, who decided not to let the second into his lane. The frustrated second driver eventually managed to get into the other lane, when both decided to get out of their vehicles. The drivers ended up getting into a fist fight in the middle of the road, and one driver was almost struck by the passing vehicles. Unfortunately, both returned to their vehicles and were not caught by the police ...


A Seemingly Fatal Attraction Between Sad Souls, Taylor Kay Gustafson Aug 2016

A Seemingly Fatal Attraction Between Sad Souls, Taylor Kay Gustafson

Advanced Writing: Pop Culture Intersections

“Even the darkness has arms,” sings the band Barr Brothers.[1] Depression is a mental disorder defined as persistent feelings of sadness that result in decreased energy and lack of interest in activities. Depression affects about 6.7% of people in the U.S.[2] One of the most difficult aspects of depression is figuring out how to cope with it. Therapy is one step, but what can a depressed person do when they are alone to feel better? Depression necessitates a healthy outlet that allows the individual to purge intrusive feelings. Listening to sad music can help ease the ...


Twitter And Identity: Living Up To The Social Comparison, Mark Ramelb Aug 2016

Twitter And Identity: Living Up To The Social Comparison, Mark Ramelb

Advanced Writing: Pop Culture Intersections

Throughout this millennial age, technology continues to develop. Every day new technology such as computers and laptops have new applications that affect our society. Humans live in the era known as the digital revolution. The digital revolution is where people are constantly using the internet, more specifically, social media applications on their computer or mobile devices. Nick Lalone, author of "Fluctuations, Technologies And Media: Social Change And Sociology Change” states “that the technological makeup sits at the foundation of computer-mediated communication has had tremendous impact on society itself the technological makeup” (Lalone 559). In other words, humans interacting with each ...


It’S A Match: How Society’S Dependence On Efficient Technology Effects The Ways We Date, Marissa Ceraolo Aug 2016

It’S A Match: How Society’S Dependence On Efficient Technology Effects The Ways We Date, Marissa Ceraolo

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I want to make an established connection between our society’s growing reliance on technology use and the ways in which online dating have shaped dating culture. In a society where we all are so obsessed with instant gratifications, finding matches instantly can definitely be problematic. While many people have found matches on dating websites, I will argue that although online dating definitely does have its various benefits, that it overlooks important parts of the dating experience that can be essential for the growth of a healthy relationship. Dating profiles are made to make the single applicant appear as the ...


Identity Of Pokemon Go Players: How Social Gaming Affects Behavior, Jasmine Quinn Aug 2016

Identity Of Pokemon Go Players: How Social Gaming Affects Behavior, Jasmine Quinn

Advanced Writing: Pop Culture Intersections

In July of 2016 Americans have received a fun new app that produces behaviors unlike any before. It causes people to gather at places, such as parks, in large groups, or causes them to wander around neighborhoods. Pokemon Go is an augmented reality game created by the company Niantic, and is available for free on mobile phones. An article From USA Today features the parks and recreation director of Kimberly Point Park, Michael Kading who says “I have never seen anything like this” as he has trouble getting people out of the park at closing time. The app has caused ...


Human Computer Interaction And Data Visualization, Olivia Hsieh Aug 2016

Human Computer Interaction And Data Visualization, Olivia Hsieh

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In 2013, SINTEF cited that 90% of the world’s data had been created over the past two years.1 With the onset of Big Data, the ability to analyze data at a rate directly proportional to its collection becomes quite near impossible, albeit nonetheless important. In “Play With Data – An Exploration of Play Analytics and Its Effect on Player Experiences,” Ben Medler explains its pertinence: “Data can be given a different context through relating it to other data. A relation informs someone of how data can be correlated or combined with other data.”


Finding Common Ground: Abortion, Television, And The Changing American Culture, Meghan Shain Sep 2015

Finding Common Ground: Abortion, Television, And The Changing American Culture, Meghan Shain

Advanced Writing: Pop Culture Intersections

As Oscar Wilde once said, "life imitates art far more than art imitates life", but there is a reciprocal relationship between the two. The more society talks about an issue, the more we are going to see that issue present in television, which then spurs even more discussion on that topic. Today, we use the media to understand what is important and popular in our society. Conversely, the media uses society to capture polarizing topics, such as abortion, to attract viewers. Media critics often argue that television has too large of an impact on developing societies perspectives. However, the viewpoint ...


The Impact Of Social Media On Society, Jacob Amedie Sep 2015

The Impact Of Social Media On Society, Jacob Amedie

Advanced Writing: Pop Culture Intersections

It is the objective of this article to present evidence from several researches that were done by many scholars in different environment that distinctly demonstrates the negative impact of social media in three main categories. First, social media fosters a false sense of online "connections" and superficial friendships leading to emotional and psychological problems. The Second harm of social media is that it can become easily addictive taking away family and personal time as well as diminish interpersonal skills, leading to antisocial behavior. Lastly, social media has become a tool for criminals, predators and terrorists enabling them to commit illegal ...


The Big Data Debate Today, Bridget Fahey Sep 2015

The Big Data Debate Today, Bridget Fahey

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"...Big data refers to things one can do at a large scale that cannot be done at a smaller one, to extract new insights or create new forms of value, in ways that change markets, organizations, the relationship between citizens and governments, and more."1 Today, technology is more a part of our lives than ever before. With more and more people all over the world gravitating towards social media and using sites such as Twitter and Facebook, more of our private lives is available to others than ever before. In his article "Big Data and Privacy" Tom Price explores ...


Online Dating Technology Effects On Interpersonal Relationships, Anabel Homnack Sep 2015

Online Dating Technology Effects On Interpersonal Relationships, Anabel Homnack

Advanced Writing: Pop Culture Intersections

The trend of online dating has been around since the emergence of the Internet. In the generation before the online era, people would meet face-to-face in cafes, on streets or at bars or even on airplanes. People make initial contact based on a number of cues and preferences, getting to know one another in person. Today these coincidental or so to say "meant to be" moments seem to be non-existent. Why have they become such a rarity? Is it because we know that there is an easy way out? What will it take for people to be as straightforward and ...