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The Rise of Snark

May 2, 2011
Outside a barn along a flat-country highway in southern Delaware, hamburgers grilled over charcoal flames. A pile of watermelons – the prized crop of a local farm – sat nearby, for sale. Inside, men and women gathered on the concrete floor ready to bid on NRA belt buckles, pictures of Ronald Reagan and homemade pies.


April 20, 2011
Openness and sharing may be the hallmarks of social media and online communities, but transparency and disclosure can be a tricky area for companies to navigate when building their online profiles and presenting information to clients and customers in the digital world.

Web2.0 Suicide: The Luxury of the 21st Century

April 15, 2011
“Great, I’ll just friend you on Facebook,” a girl said to me. Probably seeing the blank expression on my face, she added: “You do have Facebook, right?”

Software Vulnerabilities

By Jesse Young
April 7, 2011
In 2008, three MIT students became infamous for hacking into the Boston transit system. Using software they wrote, they discovered a method to get free rides by adding credits to the subway passes. They had planned to announce their findings at DEF CON, an annual hacking conference held in Las Vegas, but a federal judge, at the request of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, barred them from giving the talk.

The message is the medium

By Steve Finch
March 24, 2011
In Michel Houellebecq’s novel “The Possibility of an Island,” the main protagonist, Daniel, is confronted with a future that is defined by nuclear holocaust and decay in which the only means of communication is a Facebook-esque device. Face-to-face contact is off-limits for the regenerated clones of humans that inhabit this dystopian nightmare.


By Don Wycliff
March 14, 2011
It is one of mainstream journalism’s fundamentals: The journalist is a witness, and should not allow himself or herself to be become part of the story. If that principle applies to journalists, should it also apply to a teacher of journalists?