Rob Williams, PhD

  • Battling the Media Blackout Ban: POTUS Trump vs. @AltUSNatParkService

    by Stephanie Sarkisian, English major at the University of Vermont. In January 2017, President Donald Trump instituted a blackout on social media at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  An email has been sent out that states rules such as “No press releases will be going out to external audiences, no...
  • #MeToo – Assessing The Role Of Social Media In Sexual Abuse

    by Caroline Kepler, CDAE Public Communication major at the University of Vermont. Recently, the hashtag #MeToo swept the globe, generating millions of women to speak up about sexual injustices. After 24 hours, #MeToo was shared 650,000 times, 24 hours later it was shared 1.2 million times around the world...
  • Quantico – Pop Cult’ing The US “War On Terror”

    by Jane Sidley, Political Science major at the University of Vermont. The show Quantico is a new ABC series that quickly draws in viewers and makes us interested in what is going on within a fictionalized FBI at Quantico training HQ. The opening scene of the first episode has the...
  • “Constant Checkers” – Strung Out On Social Media?

    by Drew Steinberg, CDAE Public Communication major at the University of Vermont. While some view our advances in smartphone technology as only having upsides or benefits, there are many studies and experiments being done that would say otherwise.  Sure, handheld devices are becoming more and more useful every day. ...
  • #Addiction: Status Update 2017

    by Corinne Reilly, Public Communication/CDAE major at the University of Vermont. As media technology becomes a growing part of our everyday lives, so is the uncertainty of how these technologies are effecting us, particularly our youth. Social media is a new phenomenon that instantly connects you to millions of...
  • #NastyWoman: How a Nasty Remark Contributed to a Revolutionary Movement

    by Isabel Salcedo, Public Communications/CDAE major at the University of Vermont. October 19th 2016: a nasty day for many women that shall live in infamy. As the third and final presidential debate was coming to a close, Donald Trump uttered a phrase that many will never forget. As Clinton was giving...
  • #Renegade – Evading Social Media in the Age of the Algorithm

    by Kristina Tauber, Public Communications/CDAE major at the University of Vermont. Everywhere we look we see social media. From little siblings to grandmothers, everyone seems to have joined the craze of sharing your life on the internet. The coffee shop you go to asks you to ‘like’ their Facebook...
  • Summoning the Demon: The Potential Dangers of Artificial Intelligence

    by Joseph Callanan, Public Communication/CDAE major at the University of Vermont. On July 17, 2017, Elon Musk, owner of Tesla and CEO of SpaceX, spoke on the future of technology and the potential dangers it could pose on the human race – “Summoning the Beast.” Summoning the Beast refers to...
  • Iran’s “Twitter Revolution” – Western Media’s Flawed Coverage of the Green Movement

    by Emily von Wiese, Public Communication/CDAE major @ University of Vermont. Dubbed the “Twitter Revolution,” the Iranian 2009 Green Movement sparked the advent of social media platforms as political organizing tools. Iranians took to the streets after the 2009 presidential election, protesting Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and demanding his removal from office....