July 13, 2018

Reporters rely on credible sources. It’s what makes the fourth estate work. But what happens when the line between credible news and fake news blurs – as it does now?

A recent study by Pew Research Center on News Use Across Social Media Platforms (2017) shows that the n...

September 5, 2017

I have tackled the issue of “Like Mindedness” in this space before, but with the events of the last few weeks, we feel it’s important to bring it up again.

We all want to feel like we belong. We all want to be seen and have our voices heard. The amazing author and schol...

July 17, 2017

If you’re like me, you were cuddled up on the couch, new Kindle Fire 8 in hand, asked your new Echo to order you more Advil. This is what an Amazon Prime Day hangover looks like. I hope you stayed hydrated!

For a “holiday” that didn’t exist four years ago, Prime Day too...

March 15, 2017

We all want our work to be seen. We want our stories to be clicked on, our videos to be shared, our posts to be “liked.” We all need some component of “marketing” to make sure our work is shared or experienced (if that is indeed your goal). But coming up with clickbait...

February 21, 2017

We’ve all heard a version of this riddle:

A father and his son are in a car accident. The father dies instantly, and the son is taken to the nearest hospital.

The doctor comes in and exclaims "I can't operate on this boy."

"Why not?" the nurse asks."Because he's my son,"...

January 24, 2017

We need a new word for “Friends.” How many people on your social channels do you actually KNOW? I personally have more than 4,800 “friends” on Facebook, yet I probably I only know 10 percent of them. Are they my friends? Not really. But do we have a shared common inter...

January 14, 2017

Social media makes it easy to be polarizing. Black or White, Yes or No, Republican or Democrat. Often, there is little room for nuance, context and thoughtful discourse. As the “virtual” iteration of who we are, social media often gives us a one-dimensional look at our...

December 23, 2016

Is there an actor shortage? It seems like there are an awful lot of real reporters who are making appearances in movies and TV shows. While it’s not new to see “real” reporters in the movies, in the age of fake news and “post truth” (the unfortunate choice for the “wor...

November 17, 2016

If there has ever been a time that better highlights the power of like-mindedness and collective sentiment, I can’t think of one. Social media pages lit up as a result of the election of Donald J. Trump as the next president of the United States last week. Neighbors, f...

November 1, 2016

We hear this term a lot – especially in the last few months because of the U.S. presidential election. With our country more polarized than ever, many find solace in interacting with like-minded groups or what we like to call them at VISVA, those with Collective Sentim...

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