Massachusetts Daily Collegian

Social media subverts critical thinking

By Jason Brooks

October 17, 2012

There is a big problem in trying to initiate a discussion on a current event or political issue via social media platforms. The people that respond are capable of answering in the worst possible ways without having to suffer any...

What not to do on Facebook

By Taylor Gilmore

October 16, 2012

In this day and age, college students spend a huge amount of time on Facebook, particularly when they should be doing things like homework or studying. The massive amount of time spent on Facebook has led to the development of some nasty habits. Here are just a few things people do on Fac...

Facebook will not fade

By Josh Steinberg

October 5, 2012

Flickr/jdlasica Facebook launched in 2004. It began as a simple contact directory, similar to the address book linked to your email account. Over the last 12 years, the social network has grown to become the most popular websi...

Facebook is no more than a phase

By Mike Tudoreanu

October 5, 2012

The Onion recently ran a satirical piece entitled “Every Potential 2040 President Already Unelectable Due to Facebook.” It was a joke, of course, intended to say that Facebook will change the way we look at the lives of politicians...

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 15, 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 ...