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My Response to Snopes’ Response to Me


Claim: Snopes claims that Emory University students didn’t lose their minds over chalk graffiti that said “Trump 2016” What’s True: Snopes focused on the media aftermath What’s False: Everything related to the event itself I woke up this morning to a message from a friend that I had been included in a Snopes article. In particular, Snopes had decided to…

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Balancing Act: The Struggle Between Orality and Linearity in Computer-Mediated Communication


This is a recovery of a peer-reviewed article published in 1996 in the New Jersey Journal of Communication (now the Atlantic Journal of Communication). Full Citation: Metz, J. M. (1996). Balancing act: The struggle between orality and linearity in computer mediated communication. The New Jersey Journal of Communication, 4, 61-70.000

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Global Warming, Intelligent Design, and The Null Hypothesis


You’re probably not going to read this. It’s long. It’s technical. People just don’t want to read long, technical material any more. There aren’t going to be any pretty pictures, and there will be a minimum of snark. What’s more, this is one of those posts that is going to upset a lot of people, both liberal and conservative alike. It’s…

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Yet Another Social Media Misunderstanding


Today I saw an article float by in the Twitter river: “Why do only 7% of managers consider social media skills most important for employees?” Go ahead and read the article, because the attitudes are pretty interesting. The author, however, conflates a couple of things and winds up 180 degrees from the direction he should be facing. First, “social media”…

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Non-Linear Communication (a.k.a. Being Neil Postman’s Bitch)


Everyone has some brush with fame. In my life I’ve been fortunate (or cursed, depending on how you look at it) to have several moments where I have been exposed to either great, popular, or paradigm-shifting people. When I was a freshly-minted Ph.D in the 1990s, I was a rising star in the field of Media Ecology and found myself…

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The Self-Obsolescence of Ultra-Liberal Academics


Like many conferences, the lessons to be taken away from Academic conferences often have very little to do with anything that people actually spoke about. In this particular case, one of the lessons to be taken away is how Queer Studies, Gender Studies, and African-American Studies appear to have successfully sealed their own death sentence.

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