Author Archives: JoshLArtman

Brand Safety And The Brave New World Of Shared Media

If you’ve ever taken an intro-level Mass Communication course (I know I have!), you’ve probably sat through at least one lecture about the three forms of media: paid, earned, and owned. I could go into detail about each one, but this chart does a pretty good job of quickly breaking things down: Pretty straightforward, right? […]

I Met The Onion! And Clickhole! And A Bunch Of Other College Humor Publications!

A few weekends ago, I led a group of eight of my fellow New England Classic writers down to Princeton University for the National Intercollegiate Humor Conference. Organized by the university’s own humor publication The Princeton Tiger, the humor conference has been held annually for the past five years, but this year marked the first time that the NEC […]

Virtual Reality Experiences: More Than Just Fun And Games

I’ve been a longtime fanboy of virtual reality ever since the Oculus Rift Kickstarter made headlines in 2012. The success of that campaign, and the massive storm of positive PR that followed, has generated a previously unthinkable level of mainstream interest in the technology. Yes, Time Magazine’s now-notorious 2015 cover featuring Oculus Founder Palmer Luckey was undoubtedly […]

The Real Life Power of Facebook Events

I saw John Carpenter’s The Thing on Thursday, March 2nd at the Museum of Fine Arts. I had only heard about the film before and had never before seen a movie at the MFA, but at some point during the last week of February I had seen the MFA’s event pop up on my Facebook newsfeed. I’m sure […]

When Social Media Influencers Go From “Just Kidding” To Just Racist

The results are in: not even the world’s most popular Youtuber is impervious to the consequences one should face for espousing antisemitism. Felix Kjellberg, better known as PewDiePie to his 53 million videogame-loving Youtube subscribers, made headlines last month for uploading a video called “Death To All Jews.” In the now-removed video, Kjellberg filmed his reaction to […]

My Secret Life As A Wikipedia Troll

I have a confession to make to all of you: In my past life, I was a Wikipedia troll. Yes I know, this all probably comes as a bit of a shock, but please let me explain. In our recent class discussion on trolling, we mostly focused on major social media and message board platforms—Twitter, […]

[Pressured Into] Loving Social Media

Deciding we’d do something fun this weekend to celebrate my upcoming birthday (January 31st, I’ll be looking forward to everyone’s belated gifts and cards in class on Wednesday), my girlfriend Alex and I set out for Boston with a pretty tourist-y agenda. First up was a visit to the New England Aquarium, then lunch at Quincy […]

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