Category Archives: Op-Eds

Does the Internet Have a Political Ideology?

When Internet users rallied to defend their much-loved network from the dual threats of SOPA and PIPA, Washington took notice. The newly formed Internet Defense League and the hot-off-the-presses Declaration of Internet Freedom have gotten participation from several members of … Continue reading

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Is Reddit a Journalist?

A piece by Slate writer Farhad Manjoo made waves this week for exposing the secret behind Buzzfeed’s viral success: repackaging content from online communities such as Reddit in a way that’s easier to consume and appealing to a broader audience. … Continue reading

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Arianna Huffington and Social Media as a Platform, Not Content

Arianna Huffington, co-founder of the all-seeing, all-aggregating Huffington Post accused the media of having a social media “fetish” in an op-ed published last week. In the piece, Huffington accuses the news media of being overly focused on social media as … Continue reading

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Why You Need To Be Angry About SOPA

Hey, you! You enjoy using the Internet, right? If you’re like me, you keep up with protests in Tahir Square, Syria and Occupy Wall Street on Twitter, you watch YouTube videos from Russia and keep up with friends around the … Continue reading

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The Value of Studying International Relations

Even if one doesn’t end up with a prestigious career in the Foreign Service, the IR major proves consistently useful. Continue reading

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66-year-old Ambassador Uses Facebook, Twitter for Connecting With Locals

Charles A. Ray, U.S. Ambassador to Zimbabwe, has learned the value of social media in helping him perform his job. Never mind the fact that Ray could be speaking to the Internet and say, whimsically, “I remember when you were born.” He’s come up with innovative ways to connect with an digitally-savvy generation of young Zimbabweans, who are increasingly active on the internet via 3G-enabled mobile phones. After all, the core elements of his position are the same as many jobs in social media: outreach, engagement and promotion. Continue reading

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More Progress on U.S.-Cuban Relations

In the ongoing trend towards freer travel between the United States and Cuba, two more U.S. airports have made progress towards beginning direct service to Havana. Key West International Airport, located in Florida, has gotten the green-light from U.S. authorities, while … Continue reading

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