Be Real Social Media

Today, we’re reading Terry Nguyen’s Vox article,“Are We Ever Authentically Ourselves on the Internet?” In your small groups, please consider the following questions: Do you share content across platforms? Why?  What is authenticity? What does it mean on social media? What aspects of your life/personality do you perform?  Would you use BeReal over TikTok or… Read More Be Real Social Media

Selfie Dysmorphia

Today, we’re reading Elle Hunt’s article, “Faking It: How Selfie Dysmorphia Is Driving People to Seek Surgery,”  from The Guardian. In your small groups, please answer the following questions and post them here: What is the central claim of the article? Can you identify a specific sentence? How does the series of images at the… Read More Selfie Dysmorphia

Vintage Beer Signs

In his photo essay, “Vintage Beer Signs in the Midwest,” Praslowicz argues that, “a perfect symbol for my upbringing is probably the large Pabst Blue Ribbon or Old Style name signs that every single bar in the region had displayed outside of their establishment.” He suggests there’s a deep connection between these signs and locale.… Read More Vintage Beer Signs

Robb Van Gogh Selfie

Today we’re reading Alice Robb’s  New Republic article, “Would Van Gogh Have Taken Selfies? Probably. In your small groups, consider the following questions: Why do you think it’s such a big deal that the Oxford English Dictionary declared “selfie” the word of the year?  What are the aims of selfie? What are selfies trying to do? How might this differ from… Read More Robb Van Gogh Selfie