Author Archives: agercke

Google+ no more?

A recent report from TechCrunch announced that Vic Gundotra, the “father” of Google+, will be stepping down after 8 years. While Google claims this move is independent of the future of Google+ as a platform, critics speculate that this is … Continue reading

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#VoiceTailgate

As the warm weather creeps in (ever so slowly) and my neighbors drag out the barbecues and patio furniture, I am reminded of a summer pastime I’ve known and loved my entire life: the tailgate. Whether for concert or sporting … Continue reading

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Communicating Without Being Computed: Tricks of the Trade

We’ve discussed in class the power of big data and together we’ve predicted the positive and negative changes that may occur because of it. Despite some of the fears and concerns about big data, as social media users we continue … Continue reading

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Misery Loves Company

A recent article on philly.com discussed the 2014 uproar of disgruntled NJ PATCO riders, particularly those utilizing their social media voices. Angered by February’s inception of mishandled track work on the Ben Franklin Bridge, daily commuters are pissed off and … Continue reading

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I Share, Therefore I Am

A common theme in this class, and one of my true fascinations about the topic of social media, is how it affects our brains and interactions in the real, non-virtual world. A previous blog post, as well as my mid-term … Continue reading

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Privacy: A Luxury or a Right?

I recently learned that a family friend, Susan, details her incredible journey with adoption reform and adoptee rights in her blog ‘Family Ties’. The blog, which is very well-written and informative regarding the controversies surrounding present-day closed adoption, helps spread … Continue reading

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Tap, Don’t Talk

Many of you may recall a bit of scuttle this past December when the FCC voted to lift the cell phone ban on U.S. flights. Simultaneously, the Department of Transportation (DOT) challenged the decision and released a statement that DOT … Continue reading

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