The internet has allowed for fan culture to become more widespread and accessible than ever before. This participatory culture relates to fans acting as consumers, producers and creators. According to “Fandom and Participatory Culture”, an article featured on Grinnell College’s website, fandoms are “communities built around a shared enjoyment of…

The effects of memes in political discourse

It does not come as a surprise that digital cultural spaces, including Instagram, Twitter and Reddit have become subject to “meme energy”. There has been a rapid influence of memes in the past decade, relating to immense societal changes, smaller scale issues or…

Joshua Meyrowitz, UNH Communication Professor and author of the 1985 book “No Sense No Place,” effectively addresses the impact of television and other types of media in society nearly 40 years ago, arguing that the first generation that grew up with television who came of age in the late 1960s…

Modernity can be interpreted in a variety of ways, as it is such a broad term that covers an expansive timeline.

Josh Meyrowitz describes the modern print culture, stating, “The growing availability of printed materials helps to reorganize social structures based on new patterns of shared and unshared communication” (Meyrowitz)…

After reading Jeane Twenge’s, “Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation” short article and watching the unique film, Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World, I find it imperative to share my personal experience of living in the “digital age” and compare it to those of my generation and previous generations.

Tyler McLaughlin

University of New Hampshire

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