Topic: Technology

Retracing the Steps of British Abolitionists: A Digital Learning Approach to the History of the Atlantic Slave Trade

Sarah Jolley

The transatlantic slave trade was the largest forced migration in history. It involved an intercontinental transfer of wealth, goods, and most importantly, millions of people over the course of four centuries. Great Britain was one of the chief participants in the traffic. According to estimates available through Voyages: The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database (2013),  Britain […]

The Sweet Brown Narrative: Modern Internet Folklore

Mackenzie Scott (Second Winner)

Although they are not traditional, new venues for folklore such as YouTube videos and Memes create platforms for communication among individuals on large and small scales across the United States. As a result, they facilitate the rise of ordinary individuals to stardom.

“They’re Making Us Look Bad”: The Problem with the “New” Harlem Shake

Kathryn Bailey (Third Winner)

The Harlem Shake video trend began at the beginning of 2013 when YouTube user Filthy Frank uploaded a short video of himself and some friends gyrating to a dance track on January 30.

Classic Hollywood Cinema as Propaganda

Anne Mauldin

Photography was the first use of pictorial proof as documentation of scientific analysis starting in the late 1800s. There was a sudden trust from viewers when they were presented with an image of presumed objective nature, emphasizing the ideology of “I’ll believe it when I see it.”​

Video Game Effects on Children

Katelynne Cox

While all video games share many of the same fundamental functions, there are marked differences that help define the violent genre and insure its continually expanding prevalence in modern society.

The Evolution of Russian Media

Kaylen Ralph

As the structure of the Russian state continues to develop, the role that the press will play in such a state is also in flux.

FUTURE TENSE

Melissa Darch

When Emoticons rule the World
Virtual Eyes will shimmer and wink
Digital Lips will smile and curl
Messages will not waver or blink

Facebook: Our Social Tool

Sissi Xue

Facebook helps you connect and share with the people in your life. It is the prominent slogan of Facebook.com, a social networking website which is now prevailing all around the world.

Texting: The New Form of Communication; Actually, the New Form of Everything

Alexis Onanian

MOS, PAW, PIR, and POS: any guesses as to what these combinations of letters are used for? If the guess has to do with something along the lines of crazy government acronyms to keep outsiders oblivious to the inner workings of the government, well… that is actually close to the real answer—with one small change. These letters are not meant to block out spies or traitors to the country but rather a much less threatening group of people: parents. The acronyms MOS (mom over shoulder), PAW (parents are watching), PIR (parents in room), and POS (parents over shoulder) are used frequently among teenagers to quickly and covertly tell a friend that parents are in the room.