Massachusetts Daily Collegian

Facebook intervention

By Josh Steinberg

April 12, 2012

Here’s a riddle: What is not real but consumes more time than most everything else in your life? Is your own creation yet more popular than you? And is addicting even though it gives you no tangible pleasure? The answe...

Privacy settings in the age of Facebook

By Michelle Williams

March 27, 2012

Over the last decade, people have opened Myspace, Facebook and Twitter accounts, and have become increasingly more conscious about what is available online to the public. And according to a recent study by the Pew Research...

‘Kony 2012’ and social media

By Samara Abramson

March 16, 2012

On Wednesday, March 7, both Facebook and Twitter were inundated with posts and re-posts of the “Kony 2012” YouTube video, which introduces Americans to the devastation that has been occurring in Uganda for the past 30 years. A di...

One does not simply ignore the ‘Umass Meme’ craze

By Chelsie Field

March 2, 2012

Recent weeks have brought an Internet sensation that it seems everyone is talking about. It’s not a celebrity or a famous musical artist – in fact, it’s not even human. The epicenter of all the hype is the “Umass...

Memes unite the masses

By Merav Kaufman

March 2, 2012

I don’t always check Facebook. But when I do, I make sure to visit the “Umass memes” page. Although the page was created just three weeks ago, the concept of a meme is far from new. Defined by Merriam-Webster as “an idea, behavior, style or u...

Calling for a Facebook intervention

By Hannah Sparks

February 16, 2012

In November, after some reflection, I deactivated my Facebook account with one liberating click of a mouse. I calmly skipped through automatically generated pages of assorted friends pleading for me not to go: “But Suzie wi...

Facebook used heavily in hiring decisions

By Christina Gregg

February 3, 2012

While Facebook users generally share everything on their profile with friends, sometimes their family and coworkers are put in the “blocked” category, limiting their Facebook stalking to a profile picture and list of favorite...

The Facebook Timeline

By Samara Abramson

January 27, 2012

Social media has become one of the most prominent facets of our generation, and while Facebook reigns at the top of the spectrum, its constant changes have people all over the world asking: how much more change can we take? One ...

Has Timeline crossed a line?

By Samara Abramson

January 26, 2012

Social media has become one of the most prominent facets of our generation, and while Facebook reigns at the top of the spectrum, its constant changes have people all over the world asking: How much more change can we take? One...

Facebook Timeline changeover causes concern as total switch looms

By Garth Brody

January 25, 2012

Has Facebook crossed the line this time? Facebook’s latest iteration of its graphical user interface, Timeline, which has been advertised by the website’s founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg as the means to a m...

The Institution of Education in times of technological incline

By Taylor Schlacter

December 5, 2011

Over the course of history, many of society’s institutions, such as medical or industrial institutions, have been constantly redefined and improved by the growing capacity of human knowledge. These improvements can readily be...

The Internet: the final frontier

By Dave Coffey

November 21, 2011

This year, two extremely comprehensive pieces of legislation were introduced in the U.S. Congress. In May, the Protect IP Act (PIPA) was introduced in the Senate, and just over a month ago the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) was introduced in the ...