Shameless Selfies

(written October 2013 for my interdisciplinary Intro to Social Media class, Fall 2013) Okay, maybe you’re not picture-perfect, angle-worthy Kendall or Kylie Jenner. But if you have a smartphone, or at least a phone with a decent-quality camera, surely you have been guilty of this. Behold, the newest fad of our tech-obsessed generation: the selfie.  SELFIE …

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Hippie Revolution: The Flower Crown

You’ve seen them at music festivals (Coachella-style), on little girls’ hair at parties, at concerts, even on Harry Styles apparently. As made famous by Lana del Rey, the flower crown is all the rage in wannabe-hipster fashion. Either do-it-yourself with a wire headband, scissors and some fake florals from Michael’s Arts & Crafts; or buy the pre-made version at Claire’s or Urban Outfitters. …

The #Hashtag

(written Sep 2013 for my interdisciplinary Intro to Social Media course, Fall 2013)  Ah, yes. The infamous #hashtag. Once known as a number symbol or the “pound key” (because who actually uses that button anyway), the hashtag has paved the way for a new digital frontier. Supposedly used for grouping similar interests/ideas/topics and an attempt …