Category: Media

Nostalgia: A Generation’s Coping Method

Nostalgia: A Generation’s Coping Method

The ache for homecoming. That’s the origin of the word nostalgia. And, as we all know, home is where the heart is. So, where are the hearts of my generation? What do we associate with “home?”

The reality is I don’t think we know. We were all born to a transitional period in global history, one that has yet to slow. By the time I was 18, I was longing for the feeling of an old Polaroid camera or my childhood film cameras. For me, photography is a primary way of keeping track of time, and the days of film cameras and going to Eckerd’s to develop the film is one of the last times I felt social stability.

Living in the sentimentality of nostalgia grounds me, and lets me look to the future with less despair, and maybe even outright hope.

Turns out, I’m not the only one. Nostalgia has been cited as a way to combat depression and increase optimism for the future. A bona fide coping method we millennials, and our successors, are ascribing to full throttle. To what do I refer? Let’s break it down.

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Fear Fest: Top 5 Horror Movies to Watch This Halloween

Fear Fest: Top 5 Horror Movies to Watch This Halloween

If you’re a movie nerd like me, you probably love a good horror flick. It can be about werewolves, vampires, zombies or even ghosts! Just give me something that makes me afraid to walk to the bathroom alone in the middle of the night. Luckily for you, I’ve done all the hard work and taken my top five favorite Netflix horror movies and given you a handy list. I did my best to choose cult-classic, probably aired on SyFy only once, B movies. You know, the ones you’ve never heard of before.

Caution, there may be spiders, *erm* I mean spoilers, ahead…

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The Pitfalls of Re-targeting Ads

The Pitfalls of Re-targeting Ads

Imagine you’re trying to find the perfect birthday gift for a friend, who is an aficionado of yarn-knit sweaters and mittens. As you sift through the web, you spend 10 minutes on an e-commerce site and decide to move on — but something happens after you leave that site: Facebook ads, Google ads, banner ads, about 20 different products and services saturate your searches. It’s a familiar phenomenon every re-targeting agency has been warned of partaking in: banner blindness.

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Is Language Falling to Bytes?

Is Language Falling to Bytes?

We’ve talked about some of the stereotypes of millennials, and here’s one that should be familiar: new media is making millennials dumb; your generation can’t even write.

There are many articles discussing the damaging effect new media has on our writing abilities and how the generations growing up with text-speak (the type of language used in text-messaging and social media) lack the grammatical finesse of previous generations. Yet, there are studies and more articles that say the exact opposite. Many argue that language education has been declining and that is what has led to the poor writing skills, not text-speak. Others suggest that text-speak is a written form of a spoken language which means that it is not necessarily modifying our language so much as developing a new dialect. What’s the actual story?

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Millennials Are …. Yeah No

Millennials Are …. Yeah No

According to the Pew Research Center, a millennial is someone born between 1981 and 1997. According to many others, a millennial is someone who grew up receiving participation awards and doesn’t know the value of hard work.

Okay, fine, I’ll accept that I’m a millennial. It’s done, but if I am stereotyped one more time I’m going to take that participation award I never got and shove it in someone’s mouth.

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