Trending: World Cup

Once many Professional Writing students realize that managing social media outlets can be a tangible form of making a living, thinking about becoming an adult doesn’t seem so scary. We spend a lot of time (probably more than we’re willing to admit) perusing Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other sites, absorbing and posting information. Judging by what’s trending, social media users have the ability to find, learn, and promulgate popular events; and according to Forbes Magazine, the greatest influx of social media attention is on the horizon.

We’re talking Futbol, people. Soccer. That ninety minute game played with a ball with a zebra color scheme. As soccer transcends sport to become a worldwide cultural phenomenon, one can expect the social media platforms to be inundated with updates, hashtags, and stories.

So, look alive, social media socialites! Pay attention to the trends; this is an interesting event that only happens once every four years, and social media is at its peak of popularity. Sure, your Pintrest might be blown up with images of soccer players and their fanatic followers, but it’s a nice change of pace from wedding pictures and overused memes.

No Place To Hide

Mr. Greenwald’s new book

Rhetoric is a powerful tool. Ubiquitously used as an insult, the term “rhetoric” simply translates as the art of effective persuasion. Typically, claims of harmful and misleading rhetoric are found in the ideological realm of politics, where the name of the game is persuasion; however, in some cases, the intended audience can be difficult to sway.

Glenn Greenwald is a journalist (among other professions), who has written for numerous publications, particularly the US version of the Guardian news outlet. He is currently famous (or infamous) for breaking the story on the National Security Agency scandal, wherein fugitive whistleblower Edward Snowden, a former systems administrator for the NSA, divulged information about potentially illegal standards and practices. Since Greenwald’s original exposé in the Guardian US, a deluge of rhetoric has been written, videotaped, published, and shouted on or against Snowden’s behalf.

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Net Neutrality Feedback

Just in case you forgot, Net Neutrality is still an issue.

An organization that rarely has a high approval ratings, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has reinvigorated supporters of Net Neutrality by unleashing a series of guidelines for the Internet. In response, anti-FCC activists let out a giant groan of frustration. If the rules were to be instated, some claim that discrimination based on content, opinion, and commerce would commence, thus signaling the end of Net Neutrality.

Luckily for those of us who enjoy participating in our wildly uninhibited Internet, the FCC has encouraged users to fill out comment forms with their thoughts regarding the Neutrality issue. By clicking this link, you will be able to inform the FCC of your own personal, unbiased, thoughtful opinion.

You may begin typing furiously now.