New Media

I Can Haz Internet Memes

"Hipster Ariel" takes a silly stab at popular culture as one of the Web's most popular memes.

Ian Devaney’s Facebook default depicts a hand-sketched headshot of the 21-year-old musician. His photo choice is quite ordinary, save for the graphic of celebrity chef Paula Deen photoshopped atop his head. Devaney’s Facebook photo is among thousands of memes posted on “Paula Deen Riding Things,” a Tumblr sensation that portrays […]

 
 

Unplugged: Deactivating My Brain

No TV. No Facebook. No Texting. Can anyone imagine such a world? This became reality for 26 students at the University of Central Florida. Last year their English professor, Mary Ann Murdoch, challenged her students to unplug and live a technology-free life for five days. Only two of 26 students […]

 
 

The Evolution of Fashion Journalism

The Evolution of Fashion Journalism

For the past ten years, Los Angeles Times fashion critic Booth Moore has been covering fashion shows in New York, Paris, and Milan. But at fashion week in New York this year, she noticed that something was different. “Bloggers were the flavor of the month this season,” she says, noting […]

 
 

Bears on the Web: Gen-Y Gays Get a New Attitude

Twelve-year-old Lorenzo Rodriguez’s cursor hung over a link labeled “Gay Bear Porn.” He had no idea that what he was about to see would end up defining part of his identity. One click, and everything changed. Though earlier Internet adventures had helped Rodriguez accept his attraction to men, he had […]

 
 

To Friend or to Follow?

Danielle Simon, a college student at Colombia University, is obsessed with Twitter. The 23-year-old has over 6,000 tweets posted since she started her account two years ago. Simon tweets multiple times per hour about her day, posting pictures and boasting of her run-ins with celebrities. But just because she does […]

 
 

Crackberries and iPhonohalics: A Generation Addicted to Smartphones

Crackberries and iPhonohalics: A Generation Addicted to Smartphones

Good morning, mobile-me It’s 9 a.m. and NYU journalism student Devin Chanda rolls over to grab his Blackberry after three hours of sleep. He’s writing a concert review for Clutch, a rap magazine, so he opens up the phone’s built-in memo pad and quickly taps out a review of last […]

 
 

Bridging the Gap: Mash-Up Artists and Copyright Law

In 2003, Danger Mouse, a.k.a. DJ Brian Burton, took music samples from the Beatles’ “White Album” and edited in Jay-Z’s vocals from his “Black Album,” creating the “Grey Album.”  This record became one of the first mainstream mash-up albums, and Rolling Stone Magazine called it “the most talked about musical […]

 
 

Facebook Fatigue: Is Gen Y Over It?

Facebook Fatigue: Is Gen Y Over It?

Now that everyone (and their mother) is on Facebook, some of the site’s first users are beginning to step away Facebook fatigue has hit college students. NYU senior Shalin Patel, 21, plans to deactivate his account while he applies to medical school. Patel says that he uses Facebook a few […]

 
 

The Electronic Umbilical Cord: A New Way to Keep In Touch

The Electronic Umbilical Cord: A New Way to Keep In Touch

Constant text messaging keeps Gen Y and their parents connected “Straight to boogie and tequila.” Farrah Aldjufrie, a senior at the University of Southern California, received that text message last week from her father who lives in Bali. “He speaks broken English because he’s Indonesian,” Aldjufrie says. “He was asking […]

 
 

Lights, Camera, YouTube: Changing Celebrity for the Web

Since its advent in 2005, YouTube has bred a new kind of celebrity. But, can these online personalities compete with tried and true Hollywood stars? TOP 10 YOUTUBE VIDEOS: 1. Girlfriend by Avril Lavigne – over 125,428,485 views 2. Evolution of Dance – 126,311,388 views 3. Charlie Bit My Finger […]