Influence growth analysis

I started this semester with 16 twitter followers and as of yesterday, that number had risen to 26 over the course of the semester. The followers seemed to be a mix of people who I got to know in class and my friends who started to follow me when I started up again. Most of […]

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#HistoryWillRememberTrump blog post

The hashtag HistoryWillRememberTrump is trending on twitter with people from both sides of the American political spectrum posting their thoughts on how the president will be remembered in the future. #HistoryWillRememberTrump for teaching us which relatives and friends we’ll never want to talk to again. — Still shackled to the shadow (@SethFromThe716) November 20, 2019 […]

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Hoaxing to fame: an internet story

The rise of social media as a form of mass communication has changed the face of society and how we communicate with each other. No longer are we limited to the few people we gather around us but now our messages can be heard all over the globe. We can spread information instantly to thousands or millions of people instantly.  Some people see this as an opportunity to spread misinformation or hoaxes. Many of these hoaxes are completely harmless little jokes that people like to play.

Some of them can be very dangerous and spread incredibly misleading or downright false information.

People can create these in order to put their own spin on any number of topics. From skewing how we see politicians and celebrities to causing panic and unnecessary anxiety among the people. The 2016 US presidential election was full of internet hoaxes about both of the candidates. It seemed like every other week some new Hoax would pop up claiming that “Hillary Clinton is dying” or “Donald Trump wants to go to war with NATO” these were exclusively pushed for political reasons. This seems to be the underlying reason for some of the more prominent internet Hoaxes in our time. It is fully expected that we will begin to see more of these types of hoaxes as this next election cycle really starts to get moving




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