Hashing Out at Kanye II: The Instigation

October 22nd, 2009 |
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What does Kanye West have in common with author Dan Brown?

Although both love seeing their names printed in italics and are obsessed with ancient artifacts (in Kanye’s case, his reputation), both have a link to the theoretical subfield of noetic science. Dan Brown’s latest novel, “The Lost Symbol,” delves into this discipline which studies vast quantities of information that can, when dissected, support the existence of a collective consciousness. This theory is the basis for outings like We Feel Fine, Global Consciousness Project, and the Web Bot Project, which crawl the internet looking for recurring keywords, phrases, and data that can reportedly detect the underlying “mood” of the masses.

What does this have to do with Kanye? On Wednesday, Kanye fell victim to the noetic field yet again after being beset with the hottest hashtag, #RIPKanyeWest, on Twitter. Read the rest of this entry »

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Lauren Cannon

A Twitter Runs Through It: A MySpace Reduction?

October 19th, 2009 |
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If a tree harboring a bird’s nest fell on MySpace, would anyone be around to hear the tweets?

That is the question the release of the Twitter Sync Official App a month ago on September 21st sought to override in the coming weeks. According to Complete.com statistics via Mashable, MySpace lost over five million unique visitors to the site between August and September. Oddly enough, I’ve recently seen some “friends” add new photos to their albums albeit visiting the site with minimal regularity, as if dressing up their profiles in preparation for digital burial. While these statistics may hold little surprise for the many who’ve expatriated to Facebook, it begs the question of what the much hyped Twitter sync app actually accomplished for the site over the last few weeks. Read the rest of this entry »

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Lauren Cannon

College Football and Social Media, What to Do? Part 1

October 2nd, 2009 |
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Texas Tech coach Mike Leach has taken a stand against Twitter, and social media in general. According to Fanhouse, he made it clear that “Anybody that wants to play for us doesn’t have a Twitter page.”

This firm stance against the micro-blogging service stemmed from an incident where a player tweeted a sarcastic comment about the coach being late to a team meeting. According to the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, linebacker Marlon Williams wondered why he was still in a meeting room when “the head coach can’t even be on time.” Since then, the tweet has been deleted and his page  is now where to be found.

This little Twincident (yeah, I just made that up, see if it takes off), begs a larger question. Who is in the wrong? Moreover, should the NCAA come up with social media policies similar to the NFL or the NBA ? Read the rest of this entry »

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Daniel Prager