The rise and demise of Andrew Tate

The rise and demise of Andrew TateUntil Greta Thunberg tweeted about the size of his weewee, nothing was effective at stopping him Andrew Tate rose to great prominence among young people in 2022. He was banned on several social media platforms but maintained a strong following, especially with boys and young men. In what many consider the best good news story…

Elon Musk deserves praise for his changes to Twitter’s blue check mark

Elon Musk deserves praise for his changes to Twitter’s blue check markTwitter's former verification process was exceedingly bizarre and completely arbitrary Elon Musk finalized his purchase of Twitter on Oct. 27. The business magnate fired half of the communications company’s staff and announced impending changes. In particular, Twitter’s verification system will be significantly revamped. Verified users who already have blue check marks next to their handles,…

TikTok’s monkeypox disinformation follows familiar pattern

Monkeypox conspiracy videos were viewed 1.5 million times within 30 hours of posting

TikTok’s monkeypox disinformation follows familiar patternConspiracy theories about monkeypox are spreading as fast as the virus itself, mirroring the proliferation of misinformation during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new study from the University of Alberta. Social media is the biggest driver of the monkeypox “infodemic,” with TikTok at the top of the list, according to Timothy Caulfield and Marco…

Social media leaves us no time for sober second thought

How do you manage a crisis with little time between the story going public and reporters calling?

Social media leaves us no time for sober second thought“I’m on deadline!” the harried journalist yells. This is a euphemism for “I’m very busy.” There were also literal deadlines. An old-fashioned newspaper went “to bed” because the printing press was bolted to the floor on what was called the “bed.” The presses started running in time to get the newspaper out the door. It…

Constant interruption leading to lower IQs

We are paying the price in degraded focus for constantly being on our devices

Constant interruption leading to lower IQsThe pandemic has brought on new debates about the nature of work. We’ve seen fads over the decades – the predicted four-day workweek, sabbaticals, job sharing, full-time part-time, hotelling, working from home, and now hybrid work. All are euphemisms for not working 37.5 hours per week in an office. Seamless work really means you’re always…

How social media can help grow your business

How social media can help grow your businessLearning from the pros Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, Amplify Your Business, produced by Amplomedia in partnership with Troy Media, will interview professional entrepreneurs who are currently in the trenches growing their businesses. Through insightful conversations, we will be unpacking their common business challenges and identifying the lessons every business owner needs to learn so…

Communication by device is not really communication

It has dulled our ability to have face to face relationships

Communication by device is not really communicationSomething is happening to human communication because of our reliance on technology. Technology is a mediating force – getting in between actual humans and their interaction. Technology also affects us physically and mentally. If you work on a computer all day, you are susceptible to carpal tunnel syndrome and a stiff neck. Use a hand-held…

Why do some people hold extremist views?

Exposure to material that advocates violence and extremism likely leads to it

Why do some people hold extremist views?When General Edwin A. Walker was fired, the evidence against him was very clear. He had been distributing right-wing John Birch Society (JBS) pamphlets implying that his President – John F. Kennedy – was a traitor. General Walker fought with former President Dwight D. Eisenhower over school integration too. The John Birch Society accused Eisenhower…
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