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Downside of social media

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During my adolescent years, I, along with most others in my age group, have been exposed to social media. Being a teenager in the 21st century, this is not an uncommon occurrence. Social media has certainly established its importance in the worlds of young people, and unfortunately its effects are not all beneficial. As years…

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Social media is making millennials miss out

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Today, technology has taken over as one of the most important and prominent aspects of our era. Social media, in particular, seems to have a strong hold on people of our generation. Recently, it appears that millennials are more focused on what they can portray on social media than on what is actually happening around…

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Social media, masking empathy

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Twitter, recognizable by its famous blue icon of a bird, is the perfect place to share short pieces of information and see what everyone on the app is talking about. Those moments where everyone seems to be talking about the same thing are better known as trending topics, which allow users to go on the…

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YouTube is the best new media

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I don’t watch TV. I barely watch Hulu or Netflix. When I want to watch my favorite show, I go straight to YouTube. YouTube is an evolving landscape that is constantly updating. Every day there are new episodes of some of the most popular shows. I myself have subscribed to 115 different channels and watch…

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Fashion Instagram Elites

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By Simone Robinson Staff Writer Instagram is one of the leading social media outlets of this generation, catapulting creative users, particularly bloggers, into success. Through their stylish feeds, featuring international adventures, brave outfits of the day and unapologetic confidence, bloggers are the new wave of faces dominating the scene. Aimee Song @songofstyle A reigning queen…

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A newsworthy welcoming

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    We live in a digital age. This is a reality that The Bona Venture hasn’t taken advantage of enough. As we usher in a new semester, preparing to spend late nights in the newsroom, the quality of our print publication will continue to be a priority. However, our digital presence will no longer…

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Facebook feature allows users to ignore their exes

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Facebook users can share information with the world by writing, commenting, sharing and liking posts—and now the social media site is adding a new feature that allows ex couples to limit the amount of material they see from one another. For those going through a rough breakup, or those who simply don’t want to see…

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Time for some more real-world FaceTime

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Social media and technology play a daily role in nearly everyone’s life. Take a walk down the street, and it probably won’t be five minutes until someone appears with a phone in hand, oblivious to the real world. Although we use our phones as a form of entertainment, they could be more detrimental to our…

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Cell phones are now as important as oxygen

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By Kailyn Jennings Contributing Writer Dan Milgate’s iPhone vibrated on his nightstand as he laid in bed at 11 p.m. – another retweet for his video of Marcus Posley’s game-winning shot when St. Bonaventure University beat #18 Virginia Commonwealth University, he said. He scrolled through his newsfeed, thinking of his 8:30 a.m. class. Thirty minutes…

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Bona alumn presents at NYSCA

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By Pat Tintle Assistant Sports Editor       Presenting as a plenary speaker at the 2014 New York State Communication Association (NYSCA) conference, Dr. John Robert Greene argued that social media, namely Twitter, has destroyed the coverage of contemporary politics in the United States.     A St. Bonaventure graduate and a history professor at Cazenovia…

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Yik Yak users should show restraint and respect

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By Zach Waltz Sports Editor Just when I thought social media couldn’t get any more hectic, Yik Yak has quickly become a hit at St. Bonaventure and college campuses nationwide. For those who have yet to download the app, Yik Yak is essentially an anonymous Twitter feed with everyone’s “yaks” from your surrounding area. It…

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In their own little corner, in their bright yellow room

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By Pat Loftus Contributing Writer Located in Murphy, there is a small room painted yellow. Inside that room there are ten students. Inside of those students there are brains. Inside of those brains there are synapses. And inside those synapses are thoughts, ideas and solutions that matter. So why do these synapses matter? The answer…

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Picturing an Instagram-friendly future for Bonaventure

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Alexandra Salerno Advisory Editor A few months ago, I took a picture of a tree on campus, and it received more than 50 double taps. (That’s likes on Instagram for those who are bravely living without smartphones). Yet, as #instaworthy as I’m sure we all agree our beautiful school is, unfortunately, there isn’t a common…

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No place for hatred, politics amid tragedy

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By Kevin Rogers Opinion Assignment Editor Tragedies can bring out the very best in people. Monday’s Boston Marathon bombings showed us that. We saw first responders running to help, civilians stepping up to support the wounded and remarkable leadership from law enforcement officials. In response to a cowardly act of terrorism, much of the country united…

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ESPN’s ‘First Take’ highlights networks shift from quality to entertainment

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By Taylor Nigrelli Sports Assignment Editor ESPN took another major step away from the direction of journalistic integrity Thursday, March 14. According to Deadspin, they suspended columnist Bill Simmons from Twitter for three days after he tweeted criticism of the network’s afternoon debate show, “First Take.” Simmons serves as editor-in-chief of the ESPN-sponsored website, Grantland,…

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Students react to professors joining the Twitterverse

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By Heather Monahan Features Assignment Editor In this day and age, it’s rare to find a college student who isn’t on Twitter. However, with its multiple functions, more professors are joining the site as well. Jim Mahar (@BonaResponds), associate professor of finance and BonaResponds coordinator, said he joined Twitter in 2008. “I joined early on…

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Reality show highlights lack of confidence in the digital age

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By Jillian Hammell Assistant Features Editor Love at first sight may be achievable for some, but how about when that first glance is discovered within one of your Internet tabs? The glance may lead to a casual Facebook stalking frenzy, which is acceptable within today’s generation. Yet when that sudden interest kindles a serious relationship,…

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Social media coverage of debate misses issues

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By Elizabeth Grady Promotions Editor With 24 million tweets total during the three presidential debates, according to an Oct. 23 L.A. Times article, it’s safe to say social involvement in politics is trending. But, how much of this social commentary on the Twitterverse is informed? Twitter and other forms of social media should not cancel…

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Bonnies social media expansion benefits community

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Skye Tulio Sports Assignment Editor Have you ever logged in to Twitter to check the score of a Bonnies men’s basketball game only to find such a page does not exist? Rest assured Bona Nation, the problem has been solved and then some. The latest creation out of the Sports Information Office, a St. Bonaventure…

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Amanda Todd’s death deserves sympathy, not hateful comments

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Taylor Nigrelli Assistant Sports Editor The internet is a wonderfully fascinating invention. You can search any fact from an infinite base of knowledge from nearly anywhere. You can join the more than one billion people who use Facebook, you can share your thoughts with the world via blog or browse countless other sites. Disturbingly, you…

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