Category: Global Media

Perspectives on Tufts campus

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Filter Bubble, fiction or reality?

Lets talk about Internet Privacy, shall we? While government authorities are struggling to define regulation in cyberspace due to its dynamic fast pace nature; the Internet giants like Google, Facebook, Twitter and the like are progressing at the speed of light.

Every time you sign for a new application, most likely you consent to have your information shared with more than one service providers although you think you signed up for one. Internet companies choose to use, sell or share their customer data which sounds absurd, but all of us unknowingly have consented to this.

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“We are the people we were waiting for!”

“Everyone leads” and “We are the people we have been waiting for” are the two most compelling and appealing phrases in the book “Everyone Leads: Building Leadership from the Community Up” that very well reflect its content. The author, Paul Schmitz walks the reader through the process of leadership – that’s right process not the role – and how to make the most out of people connecting their assets, organize communities and create a space for talented individuals willing and able to engage in responsibilities and drive change together.

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Do media dictate our decisions?

Last Saturday, I was planning on going to the MIT career fair. Browsing through my emails as I’m having breakfast a couple of people had already emailed the Fletcher social list and my personal emaiI about the gunman threat on campus. Contemplated for a minute or two and thought it can’t be that serious until my phone rang on my way out: my mother called from Greece and asked me to stay home all day in view of the danger?!

To relief her stress I promised to stay home. I did not even think to ask her how did she even find out about this on the other side of the Atlantic. Evidently, the power of media and technology, even though some scholars argue it makes little or no difference, in fact sometimes dictates our decisions.

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SOTU as captured by the people!

Last Tuesday I did not have a chance to watch the live broadcast of SOTU. Later on that night when I got home I had a look on twitter, then read the Facebook comments of my friends which where complemented by articles from the New York Times to the Onion and Politico. Next morning I watched the speech on YouTube, read individual blogs and visited international news sources mostly from the EU.

Following this online journey…naturally I had a story to tell about the State of the Union as captured by the people!

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