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VIDEO: Christina Aguilera Snubs Justin Bieber On ‘The Voice’

Christina Aguilera isn’t a fan of Justin Bieber. Well, at least that’s the way it seems after their uncomfortable interaction on “The Voice” last night. Does she really hate the Biebs or was she upset about an elimination vote she just made. It's what people are tweeting about the morning after the so-called "snub."

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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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A Sociology of the Smartphone

A Sociology of the Smartphone | Communications Major | Scoop.it

For many of us, they are the last thing we look at before sleep each night, and the first thing we reach for upon waking.

 

Smartphones have altered the texture of everyday life, digesting many longstanding spaces and rituals, and transforming others beyond recognition.

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Facebook, After ‘Fail’ Over Ads Targeting Racists, Makes Changes

Facebook, After ‘Fail’ Over Ads Targeting Racists, Makes Changes | Communications Major | Scoop.it

Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s chief operating officer, promised “more human review and oversight” to make sure offensive terms aren’t used to target ads.

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An Oral History of the #Hashtag

An Oral History of the #Hashtag | Communications Major | Scoop.it

Whether you first knew # as a number sign, the pound symbol, or a tic-tac-toe board, its incarnation as the hashtag has changed language for millions.

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We Need to Talk About Trump's Newest Facebook 'Video'

We Need to Talk About Trump's Newest Facebook 'Video' | Communications Major | Scoop.it

President Trump turned his morning tweetstorm about the travel ban into a Facebook video and the result was ... not good. It seems you can now create a "video" from tweets and old campaign photos. Who needs PowerPoint!?

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How Twitter Is Being Gamed to Feed Misinformation

How Twitter Is Being Gamed to Feed Misinformation | Communications Major | Scoop.it

"Twitter is making the news dumber. The service is insidery and clubby. It exacerbates groupthink. It prizes pundit-ready quips over substantive debate, and it tends to elevate the silly over the serious — for several sleepless hours this week it was captivated by “covfefe,” which was essentially a brouhaha over a typo."

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Gaymoji: A New Language for That Search

Gaymoji: A New Language for That Search | Communications Major | Scoop.it

The gay meet-up app Grindr releases a new set of 500 trademarked emoji, including bear, otter and handcuffs.

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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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In Congress, Take a Selfie, Pay a Fine

In Congress, Take a Selfie, Pay a Fine | Communications Major | Scoop.it

New rules fine lawmakers for taking photos and video on the House floor.

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How Smartphones Hijack Our Minds

How Smartphones Hijack Our Minds | Communications Major | Scoop.it

Research suggests that as the brain grows dependent on phone technology, the intellect weakens.

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Twitter Will Meet With Senate Intelligence Committee on Russia

Twitter Will Meet With Senate Intelligence Committee on Russia | Communications Major | Scoop.it

For the first time, a social media company will provide answers in a public hearing about Russian efforts to swing the 2016 presidential election.

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Instagram Influencers Explain How to Carefully Plan a Spontaneous Photo, or a 'Plandid'

Instagram Influencers Explain How to Carefully Plan a Spontaneous Photo, or a 'Plandid' | Communications Major | Scoop.it

Instagram influencers Bianca Valle, Charlotte and Sophie Bickley, and Zach Weiss explain how to master the planned candid photo in this video.

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Barack Obama's Post-Charlottesville Tweet Is Now the Most-Liked Ever

Barack Obama's Post-Charlottesville Tweet Is Now the Most-Liked Ever | Communications Major | Scoop.it

Barack Obama's tweet condemning racism following the violent far-right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, has become the most-liked in Twitter history.

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What’s a ‘Covfefe’? Trump Tweet Unites a Bewildered Nation

What’s a ‘Covfefe’? Trump Tweet Unites a Bewildered Nation | Communications Major | Scoop.it

A late night "butt tweet" freaks out America.

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Facebook Announces New Ways to Prevent ‘Revenge Porn’

Facebook Announces New Ways to Prevent ‘Revenge Porn’ | Communications Major | Scoop.it

After a break up, intimate images possessed by a vindictive ex can end up online. Facebook is trying to address a uniquely modern and pernicious form of harassment, which is often but not exclusively aimed at women.

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Are Teenagers Replacing Drugs With Smartphones?

Are Teenagers Replacing Drugs With Smartphones? | Communications Major | Scoop.it

Amid an opioid epidemic, the rise of deadly synthetic drugs and the widening legalization of marijuana, a curious bright spot has emerged in the youth drug culture: American teenagers are growing less likely to try or regularly use drugs, including alcohol.

With minor fits and starts, the trend has been building for a decade, with no clear understanding as to why. Some experts theorize that falling cigarette-smoking rates are cutting into a key gateway to drugs, or that antidrug education campaigns, long a largely failed enterprise, have finally taken hold.

But researchers are starting to ponder an intriguing question: Are teenagers using drugs less in part because they are constantly stimulated and entertained by their computers and phones?

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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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Hooked on Our Smartphones

Hooked on Our Smartphones | Communications Major | Scoop.it

Moderation in our digital world should be the hallmark of a healthy relationship with technology.

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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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