Social Media and Young Adults — Pew

None of this is a surprise to me, but I’m glad to have statistics to back up my impressions. A very small handful of students whose first introduction to online social networking was the SHU blogosphere, before blogs went really mainstream around 2005, are still blogging here, after they have graduated.  In 2003-2005 it was fairly common for students to post jokes, spread memes, and keep up with each other…

The great global warming collapse

It is dangerous to use local weather events (such as a heavy or light winter) to make judgments about global climate. With that caveat, I’m blogging the following because I’ve noted a shift in the online discussion about “global warming,” or the more general “climate change”. This essay does a good job exploring the events driving what seems to be a populist pushback. “The global warming movement as we have…

Snowstorm touches 'primal' fears – Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Coming up… we’ll tell you whether you’ll be impaled by sharp, radioactive icicles hurled by mobs of rampaging robots in your neighborhood.  But first, people panicking, filling up three shopping carts of toilet paper and canned food.  Hear the techno-pop pulse of our theme music, and know that you’re being conditioned to think of us as your only source of comfort in times of uncertainty.  Remember, newspapers make you read,…