• #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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • #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...