Rob Williams, PhD

  • The Last Jedi – And The Best SW To Date?

    Now in its 40th year, the Star Wars franchise is back and better than ever with newbie director Rian (“Breaking Bad” meets “Looper”) Johnson’s The Last Jedi. TLJ is the longest Star Wars movie to date, clocking in at 2½ hours, but time flies by, thanks to Johnson’s deft...
  • #BASE Jumping and Social Media: How Far will Athletes Go?

    by Elle Reynolds, a CDAE Public Communication major at the University of Vermont. In 2016, more than 30 people died from BASE jumping all over the world, the largest annual death toll to date. BASE is an acronym that stands for Building, Antenna, Span (bridge), and Earth – all...
  • The Barstool Sports Empire: “For The Common Man, By The Common Man” (?)

    by Lindsay Sweet, CDAE/Community and International Development major at the University of Vermont. In 2003, David Portnoy quit an unfulfilling job in sales to be his own boss and pursue a career he was truly passionate about. Portnoy conceptualized a newspaper focused around gambling tips and fantasy-sports projections, and...
  • Instagram: The Death of Authentic #Exploration

    by Sophie Johnson, CDAE/Public Communication major at the University of Vermont. You can thank Instagram for the demise of curiosity-driven travel. The trendy photo-sharing app that allows users to visually represent themselves has forever altered the explorative nature of traveling, once an activity to appreciate sites and encounter other...
  • Facebook Live: Helpful or Horror Show?

      by Braiden Davis, a CDAE/Public Communication major at the University of Vermont. Imagine having the capability to reach millions of people from around the world by simply taking your phone out of your pocket and starting an app. Well, this is a reality.  In 2016, one of Facebook’s...
  • Businesses Beware! Social Media May Do More Harm Than Good.

    by Jennifer Caoli, CDAE Public Communication major at the University of Vermont. As social media have become prominent in today’s society, businesses find it necessary to take part in the social media phenomenon, specifically Instagram. Having your company be on Instagram is one thing, but it’s another thing to...
  • Hamilton: How Do You Love Something You Cannot See?

    by Hallie Gibbons, CDAE Public Communication major at the University of Vermont. Lin Manuel Miranda has created an army of supporters for his shockingly brilliant, politically clamorous, full-bodied brainchild that is Hamilton. Miranda has been immensely successful in creating mass-market exposure to the modern and historical mix of magic...
  • Twitter: Is The #Party Over?

    by Elena McWright, CDAE Public Communication major at the University of Vermont. Social media platforms have become increasingly popular all over the world as a resource to all for spreading news, personal information, and promotions of all kinds. For Twitter specifically, it has been used since its birth in...
  • American Horror Story: How Pop CULT Plays Into Political Stereotypes

    by Shannon Tinkham, Economics major at the University of Vermont. Since its release in 2011, American Horror Story has been known for taking chances and testing the limits of cable television. It has touched on subjects such as supernatural events, mass shootings, and serial killers, among many others. This season...