Author Archives: Nicole Martin

Women’s Woes in Times of Trouble

A once wealthy widow deemed “neurotic” who flits about her rented living space in an almost frantic frenzy.  A college educated prostitute.  Mothers of many, battered and desperate, with husbands placed six feet under by car crashes or self-inflicted bullets … Continue reading

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Land Before TEI

We can’t go a class period without questioning how to present the past authentically.  Over the past several weeks, we’ve all made and read suggestions such as shifting back to the list-like form of the medieval annals, making the recording … Continue reading

Posted in Week 9 blog post | 1 Comment

Whispers of the Past, Voices of the Future: Oral History, Narration and Nation Building

Living in the United States, it’s not everyday or (ever) that one meets a Rapunzel, Cinderella, Hansel or Gretel, yet all are household names.  Whether filtered through Disney’s magical lens and therefore imbued with the hums of princesses, secure within … Continue reading

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Sorry, Shakespeare: the Power of Naming

“What’s in a name?”  Bemoaning her inability to be with her beloved Romeo simply because he is a Montague, in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, Juliet famously argues that names are meaningless, claiming that “a rose by any other name would … Continue reading

Posted in Week 7 blog post | Leave a comment

Google (Rose-Colored) Glass: Search Engines and Censorship

“Search can be an effective tool of thought control,” confidently proclaim Abelson, Ledeen, and Lewis as they discuss Google’s presence on the Chinese Web in their book Blown to Bits: Your Life, Liberty, and Happiness After the Digital Explosion (155).  Although … Continue reading

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Who’s That? Don’t Worry–Just Ask Facebook’s Metadata

It was November 1st, and I was hurriedly uploading to Facebook my photos from the Halloween party which I had attended the night before.  As usual, its facial recognition software correctly identified each friend, regardless of their Captain America suits … Continue reading

Posted in Week 5 blog post | 1 Comment

Rolling Out the White Carpet

According to the 2010 census, approximately 30 percent of Americans identify as people of color (POC); however, on February 28, not one will stand on the Dolby Theatre’s stage, thanking their friends and families while clutching a coveted golden man.  … Continue reading

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Emoji Revolution: Overcoming the Disconnect of Literacy Technology

At first glance, lines etched into stone tablets bear little resemblance to modern writing.  Yet, as Baron explains in his article “From Pencils to Pixels: the Stages of Literacy Technology,” these mysterious marks represent the dawn of literacy technology and … Continue reading

Posted in Week 3 blog post | 2 Comments

Force-Feeding: the Social Media Feed and the Loss of Personal Agency

Scrolling mindlessly past pins of vegan chocolate pudding, outfits of the day from Finnish fashion bloggers, and DIY tutorials galore, an image of a modelesque woman clad in a miniscule bikini gives me pause.  Emblazoned beside her leggy frame, hot pink print … Continue reading

Posted in Week 2 blog post | 3 Comments

Digital Media: the New Drug?

It’s 2:30 A.M. and although you have an early class in the morning, you’re lying in bed beneath the stark glare of your phone’s screen as you scroll and scroll through an endless feed of media.  Your thumb and your … Continue reading

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