Category Archives: Chapter 10

Farewell to Pebble – Indie smartwatch maker shuts down after being acquired by Fitbit

It was with real sadness yesterday when I read that Fitbit had purchased smartwatch company Pebble in order to acquire their software engineers and intellectual property – but not their core smartwatch business. Fitbit is the giant fitness band manufacturer, and … Continue reading

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All Media are Social – alt-right figure off Twitter, death threats on Facebook & fake news ban on Google

Lots of social media in the news this week: Twitter suspends prominent alt-right accounts Twitter has suspended a number of accounts associated with alt-right figure Richard Spencer.  Spencer is the president of a white nationalist think tank. In the past, … Continue reading

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Fashion icon Tim Gunn rips on industry’s treatment of plus-sized women

Tim Gunn, co-host of the fashion competition series Project Runway and leading advocate for women’s fashion, ripped into the industry (including his show!) today with an incendiary commentary in the Washington Post on the treatment of plus-sized women by the … Continue reading

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Back To School With The Media

It’s Back To School time, so let’s look at some start-of-the-school-year themed stories: Oregon school district rescinds ban on rap music radio in school buses. Rule was no talk radio, religious radio, or rap music – pop/rock, country and jazz … Continue reading

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Another Big Tremor in the Earthquake in Slow Motion: Part 2 – Two New Secrets

Wednesday, June 22, 2016 is going down in history as a really big day in the world of television. The fact that C-SPAN aired cell phone video through the Periscope social media service for much of the day provided by Democratic … Continue reading

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Questions Worth Asking (Maybe)

After a month of vacation and travel for family reasons, I’m back with mass comm posts (though national parks will keep sneaking in on occasion!). Is Rush Limbaugh still sticking around? Yes, he reportedly has a new four-year contract with … Continue reading

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Guest Blog Post – Heroes of the Dorm on ESPN2

The following is a guest blog post by my colleague Aaron Blackman, who in addition to being a forensics coach and comm lecturer is also a big fan of video and tabletop games.  For the second year in a row, … Continue reading

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PewDiePie Rules YouTube

Felix Kjellberg is the most famous person on the planet you’ve never heard of.  At least if you are older than 40 and don’t have young people in the house.  Kjellberg is the first person in YouTube history to have … Continue reading

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Questions Worth Asking (Maybe)

How does Apple feel about the court order requiring company to unlock iPhone? Hint: They don’t like it. Did the press do a good job of covering the pope’s remarks about Donald Trump? No, they did not.  In fact, many, … Continue reading

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Questions Worth Asking (Maybe)

What happened to the missing 18 minutes of the Lost finale on Netflix? The version of the controversial Lost finale currently streaming on Netflix is missing 18 minutes scattered throughout the episode, and show runner Damon Lindelof wants those minutes back. It doesn’t … Continue reading

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