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Here’s how to unplug while staying informed

Experts say that half an hour on reputable news sites 
should be enough time for you to get the scoop.

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 two weeks. Fourteen million YouTube subscribers flocked to Ting.  TikTok’s #chloetingchallenge, which is com...

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.

Mercer students go viral at the New Hampshire primaries

Senior Emily Harvey poses for a selfie with Joe Biden.

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 in this race. You've been the vice president; you weren't burdened down by the impeachment trial...

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. 

How to become more news literate on social media 

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. 

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.

Yik Yak ditches anonymous feature, students react

Yik Yak users are going to have to start making usernames to share thoughts on the app.

Vanessa Alva, Contributing Writer

September 15, 2016

To many, social networks are primarily used to keep in touch with loved ones. Yik Yak, an app that lets users post anonymous discussion threads with others in their local area, inverted that concept. However, the app has now switched gears and is no longer completely anonymous. The app’s 5-mile radius m...

Snapchat in the picture for most popular app among millennials

According to the communication firm Martin-Wilbourn Partners, Snapchat is the third-most popular app among millennials.

Dylan Malamala, Contributing Writer

June 11, 2016

Laughter can be heard from all around the table the Mercer University women’s lacrosse team occupies as it has its pregame meal. But freshman Kelly Hagerty could not help but wish she had her phone so she could Snapchat the funny moment. “Our coaches don’t let us have our phones at the table when ...

Experience versus memory: In defense of memory

Experience versus memory: In defense of memory

Chelsey Guy

September 10, 2014

When I was growing up, my mother always had a camera on her to take pictures. She took pictures of my first Christmas, my first steps, my first words, the first time I read a book by myself and my first, second, third and 100th day at school. She took pictures of birthday parties, weddings, celebrations,...

Experience versus memory: In defense of experience

Experience versus memory: In defense of experience

Caitlin Glasscock

September 10, 2014

Social media connects us whether it is from across the room or across the country. We share selfies on Instagram and accomplishments on Facebook and Twitter to provide our friends and family a simple snapshot of the important moments of our lives.However, there comes a point where you are no longer connecting...

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