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Alexandra White

by | Posted June 11th, 2014

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Name: Alexandra White

Graduating Year: 2011

Majors/Track/Minor/Specialization: Professional Writing, Digital & Technical; Theatre, minor; Digital Humanities, specialization

Current Job Title: Digital Marketing Manager
Additional: Web Developer

Employer: JCC Association
Additional: Freelance

Location: Brooklyn, NY

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Look Up!

by | Posted June 11th, 2014

The next time you’re out hanging with your friends—pause—look up and look around. What do you notice? You might notice that the majority of people around you are interacting on some type of electronic device. Technology is a great invention and has changed the world in many positive ways, but has caused people to be less social off line. Why not look up and see what happens? The video below from Lifehacker illustrates what can happen if we take a moment to look up from our phone.

The To-do Lists Has Always Been Around

by | Posted June 10th, 2014

Apps have allowed us to find new innovative ways to stay productive in completing a to-do list. TNW shares a hilarious video about the old fashion to-do list: Pen and paper! At times, technology can cause us to forget that simple is better. So, the next time you have to write a to-do list consider the old school way and step away from the apps.

There are more hilarious videos like the one above on Vooza – a video comic strip about the tech world.  

Mike Kulick

by | Posted June 9th, 2014

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Name: Mike Kulick

Graduating Year: 2012

Majors/Track/Minor/Specialization: Professional Writing Dual Specialization in Digital/Technical and Communities/Cultures

Current Job Title: Web + Digital Media Manager

Employer: Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD)

Location: Detroit, MI

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What’s Next for Movie Theaters?

by | Posted June 9th, 2014

movie_audienceIn this article from The Next Web, Paul Sawers takes a look at “The Future of Cinemas” from a global perspective, investigating the question of just how much an impact streaming sites like Netflix and Amazon are having on their brick and mortar counterpart, the movie theater. He compares the introduction of VHS and DVDs to the introduction of streaming services, which have actually served to uphold the theater as a popular and preferred movie-watching method.

I appreciate Sawers global look at movie going, noting that in most countries theater ticket sales are on the rise, including here in the U.S. He writes that perhaps the biggest threat to the silver screen is the advancement of home entertainment technology combined with more affordable price tags. Add this to the fact that most home entertainment companies are finding ways to integrate streaming services into their systems (Boku, Apple TV, etc, “smart TVs”).

Sawer then goes on to ponder the “connected cinema,” which seems to be the final refuge in our networked lives. But for how much longer? On the flipside of this debate consider theater chain Cinemark, which has created an app that rewards customers with concession goodies when they turn their phones to “CineMode” (dims screen, turns on vibrate). It seems inevitable that our mobile, connected lives will enter the theater in more obvious and deliberate ways in the future, but how much will this impact the cinematic experience? The way Hollywood features are made, distributed, and/or marketed?

Lauren Ebelt

by | Posted June 6th, 2014

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Name: Lauren Ebelt

Graduating Year: 2012

Majors/Track/Minor/Specialization: Professional Writing

Current Job Title: Corporate Writer

Additionally: Freelance Writer

Employer: Neogen Corporation
Additonally: Michipreneur.com

Location: Okemos, MI

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New York City Phone Lines, 1887

by | Posted June 6th, 2014

newyorkcity_wire_webWe herald the invention of the telephone as a significant moment in human history, but consider the infrastructure that needed to come along with this. Gizmodo featured a group of photos from the Library of Congress showing the mass of telephone wires around New York City before folks figured out that burying them was probably a better idea. Have a look!

Before the Facebook Like, There Was the RadioVota

by | Posted June 5th, 2014

The “radiovota,” a device created in the 1930s by Dr. Neil Monroe Hopkins, was the original like button. The radiovota sent yes or no feedback to radio stations. The downside, and why it didn’t become wildly popular, is that it took 7 hours for feedback to be sent to the station. That’s, like, time to tell your Facebook friends about your breakfast, complain about work, post about your lunch, the lull after lunch, and your terrible commute home. Click over to Paleofuture for more on the radiovota.