• 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....
  • #WomensMarch One Year Later – A Social Media Event That Shook The Nation

    by Heather Purchase, Public Communication major and Food Systems minor at the University of Vermont. On November 9, 2016, one of the most shocking and unthinkable presidential elections in modern political history came to an end when Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton. In reaction to Trump’s election and the defeat...
  • Blade Running Towards AI’volution – Hollywood Explores Artificial Intelligence

    by Tyler Pierce, English and CDAE/Public Communication major at the University of Vermont. Back in 1982, the film industry was blessed with Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner, a groundbreaking science fiction film whose influence would ripple throughout the constructs of technological and cultural innovation for years to come. This film...
  • Social Media: Driver of Political Change or Perpetuator of Political Polarization?

    by Lydia Massey, Public Communication major at the University of Vermont. The Arab Spring uprisings that began in December 2010 in Tunisia and swept the Middle East and North Africa inspired a wave of conversation surrounding social media as a means of political change by connecting and mobilizing protesters....
  • Living in a New World of Technological Clairvoyance

    Technology has now become an instrumental part of our everyday lives. In the past 20 years innovation has sparked different sectors of the technological industry. One of these industries that has lifted off as one of most popular technological platforms is social media. Social Media has created a mirrored...
  • Tweeting Our Way to #BetterGrades

    Social media has become a prominent force in today’s society, and Twitter is becoming more and more popular as a way to communicate and engage with others in 140 characters or less. Although some people may think of Twitter as a distraction and a hindrance to good academic performance,...
  • #Hollywood: In a Relationship with – Social Media!

    The US film industry remains a closed-door institution, but has taken a different approach towards its communication with the outside world. Social media is slowly taking over the presence of official movie websites. In doing so, the fans of big Hollywood movies are no longer passive. They interact with...
  • Instagram: Self-Esteem Booster or Killer?

      Social media platforms such as Instagram have become extremely popular for young teenagers, and specifically females. Instagram is a platform that allows people to express themselves through pictures that can be edited and filtered. Instagram was built in order for people to show others who they “truly” are,...
  • Could Polluting Cars Be Behind Us?

    Worldwide, Tesla has found ways to make their car models more affordable to the general public to move the 21st century energy transition forward. Imagine if you could simply plug in your car at night, much like plugging in your phone, and in the morning find its fully charged...