The Swedish clothing company H&M had to close several stores in South Africa when protests erupted over an image from its online store. The image of a young black child wearing a sweatshirt that read “Coolest Monkey in the Jungle” received quick backlash on social media. New York Times columnist Charles M. Blow tweeted a screenshot of the image adding, “@HM, have you lost your damned minds?!?!?!”
When it comes to the digital world, 2017 had a plethora of highs and lows. As we take a look back on the last 365, the future doesn't always seem bright. Will we be controlled by robots? Are we capable of more real life interactions? Is our political system doomed?
With the holiday season in full swing, it's easy to get lost in the madness of holiday shopping. Every commercial tells you to, “Buy! Buy! Buy!” Your list for gifts may seem never-ending, which has the ability to turn the joy of the season into discontentment...
On October 5, The New York Times published the sexual harassment allegations brought forth by multiple women against Hollywood mogul, Harvey Weinstein. During the following weeks over 30 women have come forward with allegations of sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, and rape...
Images and narratives from television to film inform audiences what to care about, impact how viewers understand themselves, and show whose stories matter. What we see on our screens shapes our social identities. Unfortunately, our content-rich, consumption-oriented movies, TV, and even news sometimes lack representations of racially diverse characters and stories.
The technology we have today is amazing. In one second, in the palm of your hand, you can connect with friends and family no matter where they are. We can even connect with people we'd never meet otherwise through dating and social media apps. At their heart, these devices are about connection – and this is a good thing.
Unless you avoid all forms of social media, the recent Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna drama was hard to miss. Rob took to Instagram (and then Twitter) to post nude photos of Chyna. While the couple is no stranger to the spotlight, Rob's decision to air their personal relationship struggles to the world takes things a step too far.
Any piece of information we could possibly need is only a click away. We’d like to believe that the more information we have access to the more informed as individual citizens and as a culture we become – unfortunately, this is not necessarily the case.
You may not even be aware of how many times a day you send and receive texts. Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life researchers found that 1 in 3 teens send more than 100 text messages a day, or 3,000 texts a month. A significant amount of time spent looking at your phone screen. While not everyone will develop a significant addiction to texting, your phone is working to hack your brain. Like other addictions, such as gambling, it can have significant negative affects on your life.
Movements, as well as individuals within a movement, want to avoid burning-out. Burn-out can range from a general feeling of hopelessness to completely dropping out. Because burn-out doesn’t happen over night we can easily miss the warning signs…
While we understand that our bodies need rest, we rarely think about giving our mental and emotional states a rest. The good news is that you can focus on taking care of yourself mentally through a digital detox. As we get further into 2017, it is important that you tune into your emotional headspace. Taking a social media cleanse is a great way to start.