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Anatomy of a Movement: the power behind the #MeToo collective experience

By Kristin Schlotterbeck After reading through the Pew Research Center’s mapping of Twitter topic networks, I was curious to compare a few other network maps and was shocked at what I found.  NodeXL, the same mapping application used by the Pew Research Center, maintains an ongoing open-source graph gallery, filled with maps of all sorts of data sets users have…read more
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The Rise of Micro Influencers

By Hana Campbell The term ‘influencer’ is one we have seen have increasing popularity since the rise of YouTube and Instagram, but it’s an idea that really isn’t all that new. An influencer is defined as “is an individual who has the power to affect purchase decisions of others because of his/her authority, knowledge, position or relationship with his/her audience.”…read more
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Taking lessons from a Mormon social media fast: A perpetual motion of digital dependency

Hayley Shauklas Last October, eight million Mormon women were invited to put down the phone and take a 10-day social media fast. Of the few thousand women surveyed post-fast by Goodthink co-founder and TEDx speaker, Amy Blankson, 60% reported feeling more productive. Forty percent reported more sleep, and 55% said they were more present with friends and family. Credit: Alexander…read more
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Call-out Culture: a powerful tool, bullying, or both?

By Alisha Stilwell Spin class and political activism don’t typically go hand-in-hand, but today’s “call-out” or “cancel” culture changed that.  SoulCycle touts itself as more than just a workout; “it’s an experience” that helps cyclists find their soul. That’s a bold promise, but it resonated with the masses as SoulCycle grew from being less of a gym into a profitable…read more