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President Obama Announces Support for Gay Marriage

President Obama Announces Support for Gay Marriage | Communications Major | Scoop.it

In a nod to a dramatic shift in public opinion, Barack Obama on Wednesday became the first sitting president to announce his support for same-sex marriage.

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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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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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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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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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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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