Author Archives: Morgan DeBoest

Net Neutrality: What is it and Where is it Headed?

Posted by Morgan DeBoest

Maybe you’ve heard of net neutrality. It’s probably come up on the news or in class, but you’ve never given it much thought. Common Cause‘s definition of net neutrality is “the principle that Internet users should be able to access any web content they choose and use any applications they choose, without restrictions or limitations imposed by their Internet service provider.”

Photo courtesy Steve Rhode

Photo courtesy Steve Rhode

So what does this mean? We are all able to use the Internet on our computers, phones, and tablets for as long as we can remember without giving the reason we can do that much thought. The freedom of expression and innovation has been widely available because Internet users haven’t been overly regulated by Internet providers. Net neutrality has been law since 2010 (when the FCC adopted it), but recently it’s been spun into a bit of a controversy.

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Netflix for E-books is Now Reality

Posted by Morgan DeBoest

It’s a widely accepted fact that Netflix is a beautiful thing. Have you ever wished you could have the convenience of a subscription movie service in other aspects of your life? That’s now a reality in the literary world thanks to Scribd (check out what they’re saying on Twitter here).

Scribd, you say? Yes, you may or may not use the largest library of e-books already. Scribd is about to launch a “full-fledged subscription service for e-books and other written works,” according to Mashable. Many e-book companies have been vying to be the first to offer this sort of subscription book service–one of these is Oyster, an iPhone and iPod touch-friendly app boasting over 100,000 titles for $9.95 per month. Scribd is unveiling what will hopefully end up becoming a mainstream commodity–over 25 million ebooks and documents at just $8.99 per month.  Continue reading

Buzzfeed: Is it starting to become a reliable news source?

As I sit in class throughout the day, I find myself gazing around at the laptop screens facing me. I see a lot of random websites open instead of students taking notes–Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, ESPN, and…Buzzfeed.

I’m starting to use the website more often myself, and while it used to be a fun website to find some great use of GIFs and humorous lists like “20 Ways You Can Tell You Grew Up in the 90’s” and “15 Signs You Did a Musical in High School”, you can now find informative posts like “Complete Video and Transcript of Obama’s Address to Nation on Syria Crisis.”

There are stories on everything, including recipes, tech articles, geeky lists, funny things, sad things, and thought-provoking content.

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More and more people are turning to Buzzfeed as an actual news source, which may or may not have been the original goal of the site. The tagline of the website states: “BuzzFeed has the hottest, most social content on the web. We feature breaking buzz and the kinds of things you’d want to pass along to your friends.”

Does this necessarily translate to breaking news? Does it mean we should all turn to Buzzfeed before CNN? What will be faster, getting a CNN Breaking Alert sentto your iPhone or jumping onto Buzzfeed?

There are some great photo collections on the website, like “Photos of Children Fighting in Syria That You Must See,” that definitely have some different content than you would find on a standard news site (at least in this format).

I feel that while Buzzfeed is a fantastic tool to find “28 Dogs Who Are So Confused Right Now” and “16 Reasons Why Gin is the Best,” it might be dangerous for everyone to jump on that bandwagon before they read and rely on other credible news sources prior to Buzzfeed.