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Hijacking Social Media Movements

by Kendall Wenaas

Photo by Carmen Escobar Carrio. No changes were made.

Photo by Carmen Escobar Carrio. No changes were made.

Feminists are ugly, fat, pantsuit-wearing, people with body hair that would embarrass Chewbacca. At least that’s what some Twitter users are saying with the hashtag #HowToSpotAFeminist.

A couple days ago, the feed was filled with insulting tweets written by uniformed people. But now, self-proclaimed feminists are trying to take control of the hashtag.  Continue reading

Apple’s long-awaited emoji update

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Five different hair and skin tone combinations are available for each person emoji. Photo by Kendall Wenaas.

Five different hair and skin-tone combinations are available for each person emoji. Photo by Kendall Wenaas.

In addition to the typical bug fixes and improved performance, Apple’s newest iOS update came with a much-needed, redesigned emoji keyboard.

Besides some new national flags—Canada’s has finally made the list—new animals and other assorted icons have been added.

But perhaps the most important change is in the people emojis. They’ve all been turned yellow—until you click on them. Then five different skin and hair color combinations  pop up.

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Is Social Media too Similar?

Posted by Kendall Wenaas

Twitter has joined the video world. The social network launched a new feature on Monday, March 2 that allows users to post videos to their feed.

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Photo by Slava Murava Kiss. No changes were made.

They’re a little late to the game–YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, and Vine have allowed their users to post videos for years. Twitter joining this trend has left some of us asking: will all social media networks eventually be the same?

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