Why We Should Blame the Media for Trump

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A portrait of President-Elect Trump. Posted to Wikimedia Commons by Michael Vadon

The results of the recent presidential election have left a lot of Americans- and indeed, people across the globe- completely befuddled. Many people from both sides of the aisle scoffed when Donald J. Trump first announced his candidacy- and now here we are, trying not to grimace when we hear the phrase President-Elect Trump.

Since the election, Trump’s opponents and critics have been asking: who’s to blame for Trump’s rise to power? A lot of fingers have been pointed. Some at Hilary Clinton for being a less-than-desirable alternative, some at third-party candidates who divided Trump’s opposition, and some at the voters themselves.

All of these may well have been factors, but perhaps the most important factor is the role that the media played in Trump’s campaign.

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The Economic Implications of Drones

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A drone on display at Interpolitex. Posted to Wikimedia Commons by Vitaly V. Kuzmin.

Conversations about drones usually revolve around the ethics of using them in warfare or the possibility of using them for surveillance. Both of these are important issues, but they are not the only issues at play.

The emergence of drones, particularly in everyday life, could have drastic impacts on the economy and on the livelihoods of the working class.

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Algorithm is not a Four-Letter Word: Understanding the Benefits of Data Collection

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A tweet from Daily Mail writer Piers Morgan. Screenshot taken from twitter.

Algorithm is a word we hear more and more frequently in the digital age. But what exactly is an algorithm?

Simply put, an algorithm is “just a series of instructions – a set of rules to solve a problem.”

Algorithms play an important role in the world of computer programming- they are employed by search engines like Google and social media like Facebook. Algorithms can be used to collect information on users, and for this reason, many are understandably wary of them and the threat they pose to privacy.

But instead of eschewing algorithms and data collection as a 1984-esque problem, we need to make an effort to understand what algorithms actually do, and the benefits they offer as well as the risks.

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The Human Cost of the Ashley Madison Hack

The Toronto Police held this press conference regarding the Ashley Madison Hacks.

In 2015, hackers calling themselves the Impact Team made good on their threat to leak user information from AshleyMadison.com, a website where people seek out affairs. The hackers leaked account details and information of the users, which revealed the identities of many users.

The Impact Team may have targeted the site because of the moral implications behind it or because of some of the parent company’s questionable business practices.

However, it was the users- not the company- who paid the human cost of the hack.

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Virtual Reality Technology offers Great Risks as well as Great Rewards

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An advertisement for Manus Virtual Reality gloves and headset. Posted to Wikimedia commons by Manus VR.

Immersive virtual reality technology, once a concept limited to science-fiction, has made great strides in recent years. This technology may one day be “the next big thing” in areas like entertainment, education, and even healthcare.

As with all new technology, there is almost as much potential for harm as there is for growth. But is the potential for harm enough to outweigh the benefits?

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Taylor Swift’s Feud with Apple (and Spotify) and Who Else It Hurts

 

When Taylor Swift pulled her album 1989 from iTunes, she was doing it to take a stand against Apple’s decision to stop paying royalties to artists. . She faced a similar situation last year when she pulled her music from Spotify “…because she felt that offering music to users for free was a devaluation of the art form.”

Swift was well within her rights to pull her music, of course, but it is important to consider everyone affected by this- everyone, including the fans

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