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Tweeting from the Nascar Track: Driver Gains More Than 100,000 Twitter Followers During Daytona 500

Tweeting from the Nascar Track: Driver Gains More Than 100,000 Twitter Followers During Daytona 500 | Communications Major | Scoop.it

Brad Keselowski’s posts during a crash in the Daytona 500 helped him triple his Twitter followers. Talk about the potential perils of tweeting or texting while behind the wheel!

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Shifts and nuances in the way we communicate.
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Communications Major

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Communications Major is curated by KazzaDrask Media.

 

I've been documenting changes in the way we communicate through online and mobile sources for nearly a decade. Communications Major curates some of the shifts and nuances taking place every day as we rapidly find newer and occasionally better ways to share and stay connected.

 

Follow KazzaDrask Media on Twitter @kazzadraskmedia. Visit our website at: www.kazzadraskmedia.com.

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Building the Realm of Alternative Facts: Trump’s Lies Are Enabled by Years of Right-Wing Media

Building the Realm of Alternative Facts: Trump’s Lies Are Enabled by Years of Right-Wing Media | Communications Major | Scoop.it

Trump’s followers see a completely different presidency than the rest of the world sees. That’s because they are watching, reading or listening to right-wing media — and right-wing media is showing them a presidency that does not exist. After decades of Rush Limbaugh, Fox News and Breitbart, conservatives can no longer tell fact from fiction. 

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The Alt-Majority: How Social Networks Empowered Mass Protests Against Trump

The Alt-Majority: How Social Networks Empowered Mass Protests Against Trump | Communications Major | Scoop.it

We’re witnessing the stirrings of a national popular movement aimed at defeating the policies of the president.

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Trump's Election May Have Killed 'Slacktivism' for Good - Why Phone Calls Are Way More Powerful

Why phone calls? Unlike signatures on a Change.org petition—or tweets or Facebook comments—a phone call can't be scrolled past; when you call your representative or senator, a staffer has to take the time to speak to you and write down your comments (or copies down what you say in your voicemail). A day of sustained phone calls from an outraged public played a big role in convincing congressional Republicans not to declaw the Office of Congressional Ethics.

For a generation of phone-phobic Americans who haven't spoken into a telephone since we came up with apps for ordering pizza, "call your representative" is a small task that can sound daunting. Social media in the weeks after the election was flooded with posts from users desperate to make their voices heard but stymied by the anxiety of actually calling. (I was one of them; I have intense phone anxiety, and after my first phone call to my senator, I had to cry into a cup of tea for a few minutes.) This is what Zisook and organizers like her hope to change—to normalize two-way communication between representatives and their constituents.

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#ThankYouTrump 'Twitter Rally' Doesn't Go As Planned

#ThankYouTrump 'Twitter Rally' Doesn't Go As Planned | Communications Major | Scoop.it

Whoops! A so-called "twitter rally" in support of the President quickly turned into a Trump "bash".

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Google Says Searches for 'Who Is My Representative' Spiked as House GOP Tried to Gut Ethics Office

Google Says Searches for 'Who Is My Representative' Spiked as House GOP Tried to Gut Ethics Office | Communications Major | Scoop.it

Calls to Congress, Not President-Elect's Tweet, Responsible for Win Against GOP on Ethics Office

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Donald Trump Won't Quit Twitter After Inauguration

Donald Trump Won't Quit Twitter After Inauguration | Communications Major | Scoop.it

Making news and issuing statements on social media sites that also include Facebook and Instagram will "absolutely" continue, despite earlier promise.

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Facebook Mounts Effort to Limit Tide of Fake News

Facebook Mounts Effort to Limit Tide of Fake News | Communications Major | Scoop.it

In Facebook’s new experiment, users will have a choice to flag the post as fake news and have the option to message the friend who originally shared the piece to tell him or her the article is false.

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Stanford Researchers Find Students Have Trouble Judging the Credibility of Information Online

Stanford Researchers Find Students Have Trouble Judging the Credibility of Information Online | Communications Major | Scoop.it

Education scholars say youth are duped by sponsored content and don't always recognize political bias of social messages.

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‘Post-truth’ Named 2016 Word of the Year by Oxford Dictionaries

‘Post-truth’ Named 2016 Word of the Year by Oxford Dictionaries | Communications Major | Scoop.it

The Brexit referendum and a surreal U.S. presidential election caused usage of “post-truth” to skyrocket, according to the Oxford University Press.

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The Far Right Has a New Digital Safe Space

The Far Right Has a New Digital Safe Space | Communications Major | Scoop.it

Gab, a social media network built like a hybrid of Twitter and Reddit, bans very little and has become a conservative bunker of sorts.

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AP Issues Guidelines for Using the Term 'Alt-Right'

AP Issues Guidelines for Using the Term 'Alt-Right' | Communications Major | Scoop.it

President-elect Donald Trump has faced mounting pressure to repudiate the alt-right. Now, the leading style guide for U.S. journalists says,

 

""Avoid using the term generically and without definition...because it is not well known and the term may exist primarily as a public-relations device to make its supporters’ actual beliefs less clear and more acceptable to a broader audience... . In the past we have called such beliefs racist, neo-Nazi or white supremacist."

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How Trump Is Trying to Govern America Like an Internet Troll

How Trump Is Trying to Govern America Like an Internet Troll | Communications Major | Scoop.it

The term "troll" is now widely used to mean "a nasty person on the Internet," but it's worth keeping in mind its more specific, original meaning: someone who seeks to provoke outrage for their own amusement. This is, often as not, done through weaponizing insincerity: pretending to be something they're not, or to care about an issue in order to upset those who do. A classic example would be someone posting steak recipes on a vegan message board. His personal views on veganism are irrelevant – all that matters is his desire to upset the people on that particular forum and the pleasure he derives from it.

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The Data That Turned the World Upside Down

Psychologist Michal Kosinski developed a method to analyze people in minute detail based on their Facebook activity. Did a similar tool help propel Donald Trump to victory? Two reporters from Zurich-based Das Magazin went data-gathering.​

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George Orwell’s ‘1984’ Is Suddenly a Best-Seller

George Orwell’s ‘1984’ Is Suddenly a Best-Seller | Communications Major | Scoop.it

The dystopian novel, published in 1949, about tyranny and the suppression of critical thought, has found a fresh audience in the United States. Earlier today, it was reported that Amazon has sold out of its copies.

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If Marilyn Monroe Had Instagram Her Photos Would Be Something Like These Portraits

If Marilyn Monroe Had Instagram Her Photos Would Be Something Like These Portraits | Communications Major | Scoop.it

Have you ever wondered how would legendary Merilyn Monroe fit in our modern age. Well, a young photographer Daniel Sachon asked himself this question.

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Clickbait Culture and Groupthink Mentality Have Led to the Collapse of Journalism — and the Rise of Donald Trump

Clickbait Culture and Groupthink Mentality Have Led to the Collapse of Journalism — and the Rise of Donald Trump | Communications Major | Scoop.it

BuzzFeed's bogus rationale for publishing the Trump "dossier" is just the latest sign of the profession's implosion...

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All of 2016’s Top Mobile Apps Are Owned by Either Google or Facebook

All of 2016’s Top Mobile Apps Are Owned by Either Google or Facebook | Communications Major | Scoop.it

Nielsen has released their report about the most widely used mobile apps in 2016. The top 8 apps were all owned by just two corporations: Google and Facebook. And even though 88% of Americans now…

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Donald Trump's Complicated Relationship with Technology

Donald Trump's Complicated Relationship with Technology | Communications Major | Scoop.it

“...computers have complicated lives very greatly” and “nobody knows exactly what is going on” — sounded wildly out of sync with the tech-obsessed culture that Trump has so expertly tapped into through Twitter.

 

But the comments confirmed what everybody close to him already knew: [Trump's] sort of a Luddite.

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Donald Trump Is Gaslighting America

Donald Trump Is Gaslighting America | Communications Major | Scoop.it

Here is the "scorched-earth" op-ed from Tenn Vogue by Lauren Duca. Pay attention girls (and boys... and everyone else) to Trump's systematic attempts to destabilize the truth and weaken the foundation of American freedom.

 

Insist on fact-checking every Trump statement you read, every headline you share or even relay to a friend over coffee. If you find factual inaccuracies in an article, send an email to the editor, and explain how things should have been clearer.

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The Top Political Tweets and Hashtags of 2016

The Top Political Tweets and Hashtags of 2016 | Communications Major | Scoop.it

Twitter announced the year’s biggest topics and tweets in news and politics, but matters of identity and safety were also prominent.

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Here's How to Outsmart Fake News in Your Facebook Feed

Here's How to Outsmart Fake News in Your Facebook Feed | Communications Major | Scoop.it

Fake news is actually really easy to spot -- if you know how. Consider this your New Media Literacy Guide.

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While We Weren’t Looking, Snapchat Revolutionized Social Networks

While We Weren’t Looking, Snapchat Revolutionized Social Networks | Communications Major | Scoop.it

If you secretly harbor the idea that Snapchat is frivolous or somehow a fad, it’s time to re-examine your certainties. In fact, in various large and small ways, Snap has quietly become one of the world’s most innovative and influential consumer technology companies.

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Catholic Church to Release App That Might Save Your Soul

Catholic Church to Release App That Might Save Your Soul | Communications Major | Scoop.it

Dubbed "Sindr", the app will help Catholics find mass and confession times and locations.

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