“Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something.”

  • On using WordPress…

    March 2, 2020 by

    I started using WordPress for graduate school and I found it easy to set-up. The site itself is very easy to navigate for general purposes, like discussing topics or expanding on class discussions. Formatting was a bit cumbersome because it is very basic with fonts, layouts and styles. I like the ability to blog from… Read more

  • On how corporate responsibility is not a PR ploy…

    December 9, 2019 by

    Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is not public relations! Yes, I am screaming this as a professional in the field. It’s important for me to clarify this point, (yes, I am yelling). I often feel that people believe that the practice of promoting a company or a product is somehow deceitful or seeking to balance bad… Read more

  • On accepting the consequences of free speech…

    December 1, 2019 by

    I began my debating career when I was in seventh grade. The resolution at the time was whether or not free speech was applicable to hate speech. In competition, like all debates, I had to argue both sides. I memorized the first amendment word by word. In my research I weighed the views and accusations… Read more

  • On my hostility toward the lack of Latino-owned media companies…

    November 24, 2019 by

    This week I read a two-page case study about the importance of women and minority owned media companies. This case study was omitted in the updated version of my current textbook. In the case study, for reasons I don’t understand, Latinos weren’t even mentioned as consumers or owners. I’m going to stop here to scream… Read more

  • On counting on a 2020 Census app to narrow the digital divide…

    November 17, 2019 by

    The 2020 Census is entering the digital age for many reasons. First, it is more sustainable – no more paper. Then there is this idea that more people will participate because it will be digital and easier to access. The information gathered can be processed in real time and thus will be more efficient and,… Read more

  • On how being online used to be fun…

    November 1, 2019 by

    I remember getting my first email account in college and learning how to change the text color. I remember the fight for computer labs to work on class assignments and requesting the proctor to throw off people playing solitaire or visiting non-school assignment related websites. I also had a beeper in college and knew the… Read more

  • On the affordance of convenience…

    October 28, 2019 by

    The internet can do a lot of things and it’s accessed everywhere. It’s found on our computers, tablets, phones, TV, cars, watches, and even exercise equipment! And, as if constant access to information, news, and entertainment isn’t enough to distract and disrupt, there are countless apps that offer us structured mechanisms for activities and to… Read more

  • On Neo-Luddism, Chomsky, and a wish for public libraries…

    October 21, 2019 by

    In one of my very first college classes in 1995, I studied Neo-Luddism—the belief that the use of technology has serious ethical, moral, and social ramifications. It was of great interest on campus at the time, as email was emerging, laptop computers were more affordable and began replacing word processors (and typewriters), and the Internet… Read more

  • On discerning muckrakers, fake news, and click bait

    October 14, 2019 by

    I first learned about muckrakers and yellow journalism when I read Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle in middle school.  The book, about the exploited lives of immigrants in Chicago, exposed horrifying working conditions in the meat-packing industry. I was taught that his book was a form of muckraking; a term used in the Progressive Era to… Read more

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