Topic: Facebook

Ello: A New Beginning for Social Media, or just Hipster Hype?

By on Friday, Oct. 10 at 2:33 pm.

Upon entering ello.co, the web address of the latest social network to start making the rounds, one of the first things you’re greeted with is the following quote: “Your social network is owned by advertisers… We believe a social network can be a tool for empowerment. Not a tool to deceive, coerce and manipulate — but a […]


Cell phone use causes disengagement in the classroom

By on Monday, Jul. 14 at 3:15 pm.

It is not unusual for lecture classes to be filled with students checking their text messages, playing games, responding to emails and updating their Facebook statuses all with the touch of their fingertips. Lynn Fujiwara, an ethnic studies and women and gender studies professor at University of Oregon, is all too familiar with this phenomenon. […]


UO Confessions Facebook page sparks debate about best outlets for sexual assault survivors

By on Monday, Jul. 14 at 2:56 am.

WARNING: This story may trigger some readers. Jessica Brown informed her family, friends and the police immediately after she was sexually assaulted. She received incredible support after that horrific night in April 2001, but the incident still ate at her. Whenever she left her suburban home, she’d tell her father, “Watch me walk from the […]


Owens: It’s time to harness the full potential of Twitter and Facebook

By on Monday, May. 26 at 8:53 pm.

In the last decade, social media has expanded the public sphere, taking what were once small discussions of social movements to a much larger stage. From rallies taking place around the University of Oregon to international revolutions, many social movements would not have the effect that they did, had their message not been spread throughout […]


Guest viewpoint: An open letter to ASUO campaigns

By on Tuesday, Apr. 29 at 12:03 pm.

Dear various ASUO election campaigns, I would like to thank you. My productivity and performance has seen a huge bump recently as I am forced to concentrate on my legal studies and can no longer procrastinate. With the daily posts about campaign fraud or those pesky “grievances,” my once treasured procrastination time on Facebook has seen […]


Bazzaz: Use your electronic courage for good, not for evil

By on Wednesday, Apr. 16 at 5:33 pm.

The first time I witnessed a cyber-brawl was in eighth grade, during MySpace’s demise. A girl at my school posted a “bulletin” (which were essentially discussion boards) saying that true love isn’t found in junior high. Upon viewing it, I realized online discussions were held to completely different standards. I refreshed the page until I […]


Facebook’s Oculus purchase fires the starting gun of the VR arms race

By on Wednesday, Mar. 26 at 12:14 am.

Oculus VR, the startup company responsible for the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, was purchased this afternoon by Facebook for $2 billion. Oculus rose to online fame in the summer of 2012, after its Kickstarter campaign raised $2.1 million for the creation of Rift developer kits. Since then, Oculus has been the leading force in modern […]


Mighty Oregon Campaign Manager Andrew Lubash files grievance against Ducks Like You candidate Juan Rivera

By on Wednesday, Apr. 9 at 11:22 am.

Mighty Oregon Campaign Manager Andrew Lubash filed a grievance against Ducks Like You senatorial candidate Juan Rivera on Wednesday, in regards to Rivera violating election rules section 3.4.2. Section 3.4.2 states that “Signature gathering is not campaigning. Candidates may not post or advertise for signatures.” On March 13, Rivera posted on his Facebook account asking for […]


ASUO election rules approved for spring term

By on Sunday, Apr. 6 at 6:45 pm.

The ASUO Constitution Court approved the official ASUO elections rules for spring of 2014. The official rules, schedules, disclosures and registration petitions are now available on the ASUO website. Campaign registration will take place during winter term as well as online campaigning; however, the majority of campaigning will take place spring term. A mandatory elections meeting will happen […]


Beach: Facebook is losing the interest of younger age brackets

By on Wednesday, Feb. 12 at 2:51 pm.

Facebook is old news. If life were a Facebook newsfeed, I’m not even confident that Facebook itself would be on it. Platforms such as Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr and Snapchat have taken the consumer’s interest and are quickly replacing Facebook. Perhaps it became “uncool” the day that we got a friend request from our parents. I […]


HBO utilizing YouTube, Vine and other social media approaches to promote ‘Girls’ and ‘Game of Thrones’

By on Wednesday, Jan. 22 at 9:42 pm.

HBO’s Girls launched in 2012 and essentially achieved success overnight, propelling countless Thought Catalog articles and society’s increasing fascination with the 20-something demographic. But according to a recent Forbes article, trends show that the overall television audience is getting older. “For HBO that presents a problem because their folks will essentially go away in the long […]


A reflection on the state of Facebook today: Will it ever die?

By on Monday, Jan. 13 at 10:52 am.

A recent UK study has come to a startling conclusion about the world’s number one social networking site. “Facebook is not just on the slide. It is basically dead and buried,” proclaims Daniel Miller, the professor of material culture at the University College in London. Miller’s argument boils down to a simple point: Facebook has […]


UO’s Alternative Breaks program takes students around the world for a little social change

By on Tuesday, Jan. 7 at 11:17 am.

While most students head home for breaks to spend time with their families, a number of University of Oregon students choose to give up their breaks in order to experience something a little more unique. The Holden Center’s Alternative Breaks program gives students the chance to participate in local communities and international settings to learn […]


Snapchat: A superfluous sexting tool or the next social media giant?

By on Thursday, Nov. 21 at 12:27 pm.

Those unfamiliar with the photo messaging app Snapchat may see it as one of social media’s more bizarre recent developments: You take a photo, send it to your friend and it disappears within one to 10 seconds. But the app is tremendously popular among teens and young adults. So popular, in fact, that the sheer […]


UO student Sean Thorne starts his own business as a senior in college

By on Wednesday, Oct. 2 at 11:38 am.

University of Oregon senior Sean Thorne was just another student sitting in his 95-minute marketing class fall term of 2012. To save himself from boredom, he pulled out his phone and started exploring Facebook and Twitter. Little did he know that small act, which students do constantly every day, would inspire him to jumpstart a […]