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I tried no social media for a week

I tried no social media for a week

Ivy Marie Clarke, Arts & Culture Editor March 26, 2021

We live in the digital age. It is rare to come across someone who doesn’t have some form of social media. While apps like Instagram and Twitter can be useful for keeping us in touch with our loved ones,...

L. Lin Wood, an alumnus of the Mercer Law School, speaks as a part of the Legal Legends series Jan. 16, 2020. Photo provided by Mercer University Marketing Communications.

Lin Wood’s Mercer legacy: Prominent pro-Trump lawyer and Mercer Law grad calls Mercer students ‘brainwashed’

Mary Helene Hall, Managing Editor January 26, 2021
L. Lin Wood, a Mercer Law graduate and prominent pro-Trump lawyer, pledged a donation of $1 million to the school in 2016. In return, the school named a courtroom after him. Since then, he has amassed a large social media following due to his support of conspiracy theories surrounding the 2020 presidential election. He called Mercer Law students "brainwashed" after a Zoom call with Dean Cathy Cox where they discussed the future of his legacy at Mercer.
OPINION: Social media arguments are not social justice

OPINION: Social media arguments are not social justice

Mariyka O. Sich, Contributing Writer October 12, 2020
While most people start out with good intentions, many end up letting their emotions overrule rationality and participate in ugly internet wars. Oftentimes, these result in relationships with family members and friends being destroyed, along with any chances of employment. 
A student scrolls on their phone.

Review: Netflix’s “The Social Dilemma” is a hard-hitting eye-opener on our relationship with social media

Mandi DeLong, Contributing Writer October 10, 2020
The film excels at making you question your own relationship with social media and advises critical thought on how you’re actually using it.
Experts say that half an hour on reputable news sites 
should be enough time for you to get the scoop.

Here’s how to unplug while staying informed

Emily Rose Thorne, Editor in Chief September 23, 2020
It’s helpful to limit our consumption of news and social media during such a tumultuous time, but it’s not realistic just to tune out all news and pretend the stressors don’t exist. Here are a few ways to stay informed while managing your mental health.
The summer of Chloe Ting: How quarantine changed fitness for Mercer students 

The summer of Chloe Ting: How quarantine changed fitness for Mercer students 

Savannah Smith, Contributing Writer September 11, 2020

In the early days of quarantine, Chloe Ting became a social media juggernaut. She skyrocketed to acclaim with her Two Week Shred Challenge, a fitness program promising ab development and weight loss in...

Review: ‘The Circle’ sparks conversations about gender, sexuality and identity online

Review: ‘The Circle’ sparks conversations about gender, sexuality and identity online

Emily Rose Thorne, Digital Editor February 25, 2020
At first glance, the show seems like it wants to warn viewers of the dangers of social media, but the players’ disdain for catfish reveals the deeper message: even online, people want to see real, authentic humans and forge connections with them.
Senior Emily Harvey poses for a selfie with Joe Biden.

Mercer students go viral at the New Hampshire primaries

Marianna Bacallao and Mandi DeLong February 25, 2020

At a New Hampshire town hall, Mercer student Madison Moore asked presidential candidate Joe Biden about his performance in the Iowa caucus. “You're arguably the candidate with the greatest advantage...

How (and why) to spice up your LinkedIn profile

How (and why) to spice up your LinkedIn profile

Emily Rose Thorne, Digital Editor November 23, 2019
It doesn’t seem like the most fun social medium, but it can be once you stop thinking of it as a resume and start understanding the endless other possibilities for using LinkedIn.
I tried Bumble BFF for a week. Here’s what happened

I tried Bumble BFF for a week. Here’s what happened

Serena Golden, Photography Editor November 6, 2019
I racked up about fifty “yes” swipes to my profile, but I only made matches with about twenty people. Of my twenty matches, I messaged five people first and around seven messaged me first. 
Because things can become viral so quickly on social media nowadays, it is important to be able to parse the real from the fake. Here are a few ways to ensure that the stories you are sharing on Facebook are up to snuff. 

How to become more news literate on social media 

Chas Pridgen, Copy Editor November 4, 2019
Because things can become viral so quickly on social media nowadays, it is important to be able to parse the real from the fake. Here are a few ways to ensure that the stories you are sharing on Facebook are up to snuff. 
Opinion: Blackfishing is an Instagram trend that needs to go

Opinion: Blackfishing is an Instagram trend that needs to go

Aliyah Dorsey, Lead Lifestyle Writer October 10, 2019
My issue with blackfishing is that these models are clearly mimicking my culture for clout and money, when every time I perform my culture, it’s ridiculed and sometimes even criminalized.
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