This Week’s Reads: Psst… They aren’t about llamas or #thedress

This week’s news got totally weird in one day. We went from net neutrality to llamas on loose to the color of a dress in a poorly taken photo. HOW? Anyways,  I decided to avoid those topics because I read a lot of interesting things this week that had nothing to do with either of … More This Week’s Reads: Psst… They aren’t about llamas or #thedress

This Week’s Reads: You’ll cry, you’ll laugh and then you’ll cry again

It took me a little longer to think of my list this week. I guess there was less that just stood out. However, I read some interesting things and I know I missed a lot of things I wanted to read. I’ll do better next week. Regardless, here it is. 1. My Own Life– Oliver … More This Week’s Reads: You’ll cry, you’ll laugh and then you’ll cry again

This Week’s Reading: A big week for news and a lot of Brian Williams

This week’s reading was very much focused on the Brian Williams controversy, mostly because I think that a lot of interesting and important questions about news production are being brought up in relation to it. There was a lot of news this week, so I was caught up in that rather than the more human … More This Week’s Reading: A big week for news and a lot of Brian Williams

This Week’s Readings: Personal Interest, Harper Lee, Podcasts and More

This week, my reading was sporadic, and not on any particular topic or in any particular form. I also did some listening this week (in terms of podcasts) so I might highlight one of those (because rules are made to be broken). So here we go, in no particular order: 52 Places to go in … More This Week’s Readings: Personal Interest, Harper Lee, Podcasts and More

Laura Ingalls Wilder’s full, unedited story to be published

Be still my beating nerdy heart. The world of Little House on the Prairie is about to get oh-so-adult. I remember very distinctly when I found my mother’s Little House boxed set in the attic and read them cover to cover. More than once. Between my mother and I, we wore those paperbacks out and … More Laura Ingalls Wilder’s full, unedited story to be published

Feminism and empowerment in advertisement: A scam?

More and more recently, the idea of feminism and female empowerment has been the theme of advertisements– often for beauty products.  I guess it has been several years now since the Dove Real Beauty campaign started producing commercials and viral videos/images that promoted the idea that all women were beautiful. More recent examples include the … More Feminism and empowerment in advertisement: A scam?

Selfies at Auschwitz: Documentation in the Internet Age

Selfies are a widely discussed phenomenon in pop culture. People take pictures of themselves doing pretty much anything and everything. There is even a very annoying song about taking selfies. Everyone seems to want to understand the selfie, from explaining the history of self portraiture and calling selfies art, to applauding them as a tool … More Selfies at Auschwitz: Documentation in the Internet Age

Defending passive voice

I remember the lesson about passive voice from my first journalism class very clearly, and not just because my professor threw something at me to prove a point. Avoiding passive voice has been firmly cemented in my mind. At the Writing Center I worked at, I often found myself struggling with a future scientist trying … More Defending passive voice