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November 13, 2012

Katherine Barkett Byrd, 2011 Miss University and recent graduate of the Meek School of Journalism and New Media at The University of Mississippi, has been diagnosed with hemolytic-uremic syndrome and is in critical condition at Baptist Hospital in Jackson.

Katherine Barkett Byrd, 2011 Miss University and recent graduate of the Meek School of Journalism and New Media at The University of Mississippi, has been diagnosed with hemolytic-uremic syndrome and is in critical condition at Baptist Hospital in Jackson.

Byrd will require a series of blood transfusions and is in need of donations through Mississippi Blood Services.

She requires AB+ plasma, which can only be donated by males, and blood of all types. However, AB+ and O+ types are especially needed.

August 22, 2012

Maybe privacy is overrated. Maybe asking someone if you can use their personal opinions as endorsements is just a common courtesy that’s outdated in this digital and technological world that we now live in.
And maybe Republican Todd Akin will be the keynote speaker at the next National Organization for Women’s conference too. Right after Akin congratulates Joe Biden on shooing himself and President Obama right back into the White House with his winning speech at a recent Virginia rally.

June 18, 2012

Recent activity in Maryland, Connecticut, Washington State, Massachusetts and New Jersey raise alarm and hope for employees’ privacy rights. 

 
Recent activity in Maryland, Connecticut, Washington State, Massachusetts and New Jersey raise alarm and hope for employees’ privacy rights. 
After complaints from employees being forced to divulge social media passwords to their employers, states took action to prevent further privacy breaches. 
The Password Privacy Act of 2012 builds on the existing law of Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. 
Initially, the law was used as a tool for individuals to protect themselves from hackers. 

March 27, 2012

Something is in the air, and it’s not pollen. It’s not localized to one campus, county or state — it’s not even localized to one country. People around the world with Internet access have realized something they never have before: individuals have a voice, and it is a loud one. We are in the midst of the beginning of a new era; not the previous, dated Social Media Era, but the Social Individual Era. The Social Individual Era has the ability to be more powerful than the Civil Rights Era.

 

Something is in the air, and it’s not pollen. It’s not localized to one campus, county or state — it’s not even localized to one country. People around the world with Internet access have realized something they never have before: individuals have a voice, and it is a loud one. We are in the midst of the beginning of a new era; not the previous, dated Social Media Era, but the Social Individual Era. The Social Individual Era has the ability to be more powerful than the Civil Rights Era. 

March 19, 2012

Ole Miss students will soon be getting Google email accounts.

 

Ole Miss students will soon be getting Google email accounts.

The University of Mississippi’s Office of Information Technology has started the transition from UM Webmail to UM Google Mail. Students are now able to opt in to UM Gmail. This account will be hosted with Google, but it will have the “go.olemiss.edu” extension rather than “gmail.com.” 

February 5, 2012

As I come closer to the end of my journey at Ole Miss and move into the professional world, I have become exceedingly thoughtful about my communication with friends, family and colleagues, or the lack thereof. 

 

As I come closer to the end of my journey at Ole Miss and move into the professional world, I have become exceedingly thoughtful about my communication with friends, family and colleagues, or the lack thereof. 

I have recently become puzzled by the fact that I only get to know some people on the surface. I often find myself questioning whether or not I have a desire to get to know people better, or is it that we live in a society where social networks inhibit our ability to get to know people beyond what meets the eye? 

January 31, 2012

In a world of social media craze, we are becoming so unbelievably exposed to different sources of information that we often neglect to realize what we are taking in. Recently, informational or opinionated “viral” YouTube video links have been posted to Facebook walls and Twitter feeds. Most college students have seen the “Religion versus Jesus” video in the past month or two, and similar videos are spreading around our social media outlets like wildfire. I saw a link to another one of these videos — this time, though, I watched it. 

 

January 29, 2012

With websites like Facebook and Twitter, we have several opportunities to expand our roster of “friends” and “followers.”

 

With websites like Facebook and Twitter, we have several opportunities to expand our roster of “friends” and “followers.”

January 26, 2012

On Monday, in a unanimous 9-0 decision, the Supreme Court held that police must obtain a warrant before using a global positioning system to track suspects.

 

On Monday, in a unanimous 9-0 decision, the Supreme Court held that police must obtain a warrant before using a global positioning system to track suspects.

Justice Samuel Alito focused on the physical nature of attaching a GPS device to a suspect’s vehicle. 

Frankly, this is not a surprising outcome. One can easily imagine a variety of ways in which police officers maneuver themselves in order to attach these devices to cars.

November 16, 2011

Are you lying about anything online? 

 

Be honest, have you really read and loved the entire works of Dostoevsky in the original Russian? Do you really celebrate the entire catalogue of Woody Allen’s early works? If you’re lying about anything in an online profile, it could soon be a criminal offense if the White House gets its way.

November 6, 2011

How much are your tweets worth? 

 

How’d you like to get $10,000 or more per tweet? 

Well, according to an article in The Clarion Ledger, if your last name is along the lines of Kardashian, Spelling or Dogg, you just might be able to pull it off.

It seems Twitter is revolutionizing the way merchants hawk their wares. Since their inception some five years ago, the online avenue for all things “tweetable” has transformed the way people shop, vote and start revolutions. 

September 21, 2011

As Twitter usage becomes more widespread among student-athletes, athletic departments across the country are coming to an agreement — Twitter is the devil.

First banned last year at Boise State by head football coach Chris Petersen, several other programs around the country, including Kansas, South Carolina, St. John’s, Villanova and Mississippi State, have all decided to pull the plug on the social media website.

September 9, 2011

 

Of all the forms of communication on this campus, email is at the top of the list. 

Tasks including student to teacher communication and UM Today is communicated through the privately-run Ole Miss webmail system. 

August 28, 2011

 

On June 28, Google launched a campaign to kill Facebook.

 

On June 28, Google launched a campaign to kill Facebook.

July 1, 2011

 

Ever since our generation got its hands on the computer, Google was the search engine god of the Internet. It answers all our questions from health diagnostics to directions to our favorite restaurants. 

Since everyone thinks so highly of it, we expect a genius team to come up with anything and be successful at it.  

July 1, 2011

 

President Barack Obama is holding the first-ever town hall Q&A session with Americans via the social network Twitter on July 6. 

I for one, am very interested in the leader of our country’s attempt at intertwining social networking with government business. I don’t think I have any real problems with it; after all, the president held a Facebook town hall in April and successfully used the site during his 2008 campaign. 

June 15, 2011

 

In this age of “following” people, businesses and just about any inanimate object that could possibly be tracked, watched or featured, France has done something that might cause the collective mouths of we Americans to form that perfect “oh” of disbelief: They have banned the use of the words Facebook and Twitter from French TV and radio news unless used in an actual story about the companies themselves.

June 6, 2011

 

Note to all future politicians and movie stars: nothing travels faster than a risqué leaked photo. The obvious difference here being that for the movie star, those leaked photos could lead to bigger box office numbers while it could ruin the career of a politician. 

That was the lesson learned this past week by New York Congressman Anthony Weiner, when a photo of his or someone else’s boxer-brief clad bulge was tweeted to a female college student. 

April 27, 2011

In a world where technology is growing at ever-increasing speeds, social media has become a vital resource for consumers worldwide.

In a world where technology is growing at ever-increasing speeds, social media has become a vital resource for consumers worldwide.

Political candidates and pundits alike have embraced the services of Facebook and Twitter to connect with their audience. Just this year, these outlets have been cited for their roles in the “Arab Spring” revolutions.

So where does Ole Miss fit into the growing social media phenomenon?

The answer to this question may be as easy as one, two, “Zing.”

April 7, 2011

I get the majority of my news (more than 80 percent) from Internet sources.

I get the majority of my news (more than 80 percent) from Internet sources.

I cannot remember the last time I watched the news on TV, and I rarely read the newspaper anymore. The only “traditional” source of news I still use is the radio, but only because of my commute to campus in the morning.

Whereas our parents and grandparents most likely get their news from traditional sources, the rise of Internet news has given our generation quick, free access to numerous information outlets.

March 24, 2011

Being at a university, we meet many different people with different majors and areas of study. Many of us cannot even choose a specific major because we simply do not know what we want to do in the future.

Being at a university, we meet many different people with different majors and areas of study. Many of us cannot even choose a specific major because we simply do not know what we want to do in the future.

If you are one of the many struggling to choose a major or you are thinking about switching majors, maybe you should consider something that you are already doing — being a journalist.

March 24, 2011

Location-based applications like Facebook Places, Foursquare and others seem like fun to many smartphone users. They are used to let friends know where they are, to look up local businesses or to play games that earn them virtual points, badges or store discounts. 

Location-based applications like Facebook Places, Foursquare and others seem like fun to many smartphone users. They are used to let friends know where they are, to look up local businesses or to play games that earn them virtual points, badges or store discounts.  

However, the sharing of one’s location has opened up a debate about privacy. The Wall Street Journal did an investigation of the issue and published an article in December 2010 about their findings.

March 22, 2011

While the DM staff enjoyed a well-earned vacation last week, our Media Technology Manager was busy implementing upgrades to thedmonline.com. His hours of work have resulted in some very exciting changes, and the return of some truly fantastic features (RSS feed, anyone?).

While the DM staff enjoyed a well-earned vacation last week, our Media Technology Manager was busy implementing upgrades to thedmonline.com. His hours of work have resulted in some very exciting changes, and the return of some truly fantastic features (RSS feed, anyone?).

March 3, 2011

On Saturday night, the trending topics on Twitter had a slight change from the usual Middle-East protests and Justin Bieber news.

On Saturday night, the trending topics on Twitter had a slight change from the usual Middle-East protests and Justin Bieber news.

It appeared that author and pastor of Mars Hill Bible Church Rob Bell was taking heat from the Christian community after a blog post on thegospelcoalition.org called him out for being a Universalist.

The reason this is such a big deal is because Universalist theology goes against what the Bible says about salvation.