New Media

Facebook: A Breeding Ground for Social Comparison

Millenials tend to compare themselves to their Facebook friends and self-promote on their own social media profiles in an attempt to measure up.

By NATALIA GARCIA It is a Tuesday night and I am at the library browsing through Facebook between assignments when I come across a picture of a friend from high school holding a 3-liter bottle of Maison Perrier-Jouët at PHD, one of New York City’s most exclusive nightclubs. “$25,000,” the […]

 
 

Post-Internet Art: The New Millennial Expression

A still from Rx’s “Bumble” music video

By MIA TAPER In a computer-generated 3D universe, electronic music pulses as samples of computer beeps and boops are sprinkled in. A golden, star-laden phrase “LET THE MACHINE LIVE YOUR FANTASY” bounces about as crudely animated women jerk their bodies in a circle. An enormous beige male head protrudes from […]

 
 

Relying on the Wisdom of the Crowd

Relying on the Wisdom of the Crowd

As Emily Balkan, 21, looks at a pair of light blue ballet flats on her computer screen, she swiftly moves her mouse to click on the product reviews. The shoes received a four-star customer review and approximately 400 “Love Its” from previous shoppers. “Look at how many people love the […]

 
 

Love Long-Distance: 21st-Century Style

Love Long-Distance: 21st-Century Style

Monica de Graaf sets her alarm for 4 every morning.  Groggily and half asleep, she reaches for her laptop and logs into Skype.  Across the ocean in Holland, her boyfriend does the same thing – except for him it’s 10 a.m. as opposed to the crack of dawn. De Graaf, […]

 
 

The ‘Like’ Button

The ‘Like’ Button

Allison Torres squealed loudly, staring down at her phone in openmouthed delight. Splashed across the bright, pixilated screen were the words “So I have a question. Can we be Facebook official?” Torres, a 21-year-old New York University student from Queens, had been dating Bryan King since May, and their relationship […]

 
 

1-800-ANXIOUS

They're convenient and helpful but cell phones are driving Gen Y crazy (Image Via: Daveibsen.typepad.com)

During a summer vacation in 2007, Cristina Pansolini’s cell phone kicked the metaphoric bucket and with it went her ability to enjoy a stress-free trip. Sans cell phone, how would she make plans with friends? Would her boyfriend think she was ignoring his text messages? What if she needed to […]

 
 

Does Facebook Really Make Narcissists?

Does Facebook Really Make Narcissists?

In “The Social Network,” Mark Zuckerberg’s fictional girlfriend breaks up with him after he refuses to stop talking about himself at dinner. Miffed, Zuckerberg hastily retreats to his Harvard dorm, opens a beer, and posts about his latest personal problem on the Internet for everyone to see. This opening scene […]

 
 

The Choice to Slack or Act: Do Online Petitions Count As ‘Real’ Activism?

Illustration from The Express Tribune

Type ‘petition’ into Facebook’s search bar and what comes up is a slew of results: pages, groups, apps, all having to do with social activism. There are Facebook petitions to raise awareness of animal cruelty and petitions for women’s rights—petitions that fight to keep ABC soap operas on the air […]

 
 

Can a Relationship Survive Facebook?

http://www.shinyshiny.tv/2011/02/the_facebook_break_up_notifier.html

Too much information killed college student Katie Ulrich’s relationship. The NYU junior began to suspect her romance was on rocky ground when she and the new flame were not exactly simpatico: She dressed up for dates while he sported sweats; they’d make plans for a day’s outing to Coney Island […]

 
 

Blendr’s Fatal Flaw

Blendr’s Fatal Flaw

Signing up for Blendr is like signing up to enter shark-infested waters. Fill in your name, age, sex, sexual orientation and then click the ‘next’ button. Now wait for the swarm. Blendr is a social networking tool that uses Global Positioning Software (GPS) to connect users to each other in […]