The Oberlin Review

Senate Must Maintain Integrity of Social Media Presence

Devyn Malouf, Production Editor

April 20, 2018

Oberlin Student Senate’s Instagram page (@oberlinsenate) is, overall, what you might expect of a college student governance group’s social media account; the page primarily features students’ accomplishments and activities, events happening on campus, student senator bios, pictures of Oberlin’s campus, and the like. That’s part of the reason why the account’s Tuesday night Instagram Story felt jarring, and not reflective of how Senate seems to — or should — want to present itself. The story went as follows: It started off with “Senator Sightings” in Mudd library — pictures taken from afar of various student senators spotted in Mudd library doing work and chatting with friends, as many students ...

Professional Athletes Risk Image for Autonomy

Alex McNicoll, Sports Editor

November 10, 2017

Eric Bledsoe, who tweeted “I don’t wanna be here” Oct. 22, was traded from the Phoenix Suns to the Milwaukee Bucks Tuesday. While he claimed that he referenced being in a barber shop, Bledsoe has not been with the team since being sent home by Suns General Manager Ryan McDonough after the tweet. Bledsoe’s bizarre departure from Phoenix is just the latest installment in athletes using social media to voice their opinions and the risks that run with it. The Phoenix Suns had no place for Eric Bledsoe on their roster, and keeping him there was a waste of his prime years. With one of the youngest cores in the league, centered around 21-year-old Devin Booker, the Suns do not plan to contend for a while. Bledsoe, o...

BuzzFeed, Startups Leading Shift Toward Curated Journalism

Editorial Board

October 9, 2015

Scrolling through your Facebook newsfeed, you might find a BuzzFeed article about kittens above an update on Shaun King and racial injustice — two posts that are seemingly unrelated. But as social media has helped bring millennial culture to the forefront, journalism itself has begun to change in both definition and function. In her keynote speech last Friday during the Review’s journalism symposium “Breaking News: Reimagining Journalism for a Digital Age,” Fusion Pop and Culture Director and former Jezebel Deputy Editor Dodai Stewart claimed that consumers of online journalism are exhibiting an unprecedented shift away from traditional news outlets like The New York Times and toward a curated feed of indi...

Social Media Archives Temporary Chalk Art

Social Media Archives Temporary Chalk Art

September 4, 2015

On a June afternoon this sum­mer, children and adults alike held brilliant pastels in their hands and sprawled themselves across the sidewalks of downtown Ober­lin. Vibrant images emerged from the pavement outside Hall Audi­torium, one of the prime locations to create drawings during Ober­lin’s 10th annual Chalk Walk. Soft sandstone pavement serves as a great palette to blend colors, and its smooth texture creates an ex­cellent canvas. Despite scattered showers as event organizers set up chalk...

Online Prejudice Reveals Weak Allyship

Samantha Smylie, Contributing Writer

December 5, 2014

When the St. Louis County prosecutor announced late on Nov. 24 that a grand jury found that “no probable cause exists to file any charge against Officer [Darren] Wilson,” millions around the country were in shock, outraged at the decision not to indict the Ferguson, MO police officer who killed Mike Brown, an unarmed Black teenager, in August. According to Dorian Johnson’s eyewitness testimony, Wilson fired shots at Brown after a confrontation, and Brown then tried to flee the scene. Wilson chased after Brown; once confronted again, according to witnesses, Brown put his hands in the air in an attempt to surrender and show that he did not have a gun. However, no one will ever really know Brown’s true intentions,...

Yik Yak Teaches Students Value of Concise Writing

CJ Blair, Columnist

November 14, 2014

As long as there has been language, there have always been two ways to say something: the long way and the short way. Whether for comedy, argument or presentation, there’s a delicate balance between saying too much and not saying enough. While it’s easy when writing a paper or telling a joke to overstay your welcome, the most effective deliveries are concise articulations of important points that are just long enough to make their case. Though not academic in its aims, Yik Yak has become a medium that inspires college students to think in this way. Yik Yak, for those unfamiliar with it, is an anonymous social media app designed for college campuses that only lets users make posts with 200 characters or fewer....

Ebola Deaths Warrant Awareness, Not Fear

Anah Soble, Contributing Writer

October 3, 2014

When crises occur, public reactions — no matter the ideological leanings — are often completely misguided. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed on Sept. 30 that a patient in isolation in a Dallas hospital contracted the Ebola virus while traveling in Liberia. The agency is keeping tabs on everyone who came into contact with the individual, but it is unlikely that anyone is at risk. Many people, whether driven by ignorance or by lack of anything better to do, have taken their misguided fears about the disease to Twitter, Tumblr and Facebook. If anyone has had an opinion on the terrifying Ebola outbreak, you can bet that it has been shared. I have seen social media posts featuring all kinds...

Stress in Stuebenville

Phoebe Hammer, Sports Editor

February 15, 2013

Six months ago, an unconscious 16-year-old girl was raped at a high school party in Stuebenville, OH, an old steel mill town of only 18,440. Crimes like this are common in the U.S., with most rape cases going unreported, but for some reason this case made international news. Even months later, Stuebenville officers are receiving death threats, online petitions seeking justice have reached over 70,000 signatures and protesters are flocking to the small town. But why this particular case? Social media has certainly been a large factor. At the scene of the crime, other partygoers tweeted the action, and some even posted pictures on Instagram. It wasn’t until three days later that the rape was reported, which isn’t...

Visiting Speaker Inspects MySpace Friendships

Liv Combe, News Editor

May 13, 2011

In an era when The Social Network is nominated for an Academy Award and the news of Osama bin Laden’s death is heard first on Twitter, it’s safe to assume that most people are active on one online social network or other. David Liben-Nowell, an associate professor of Computer Science at Carleton College, took this assumption one step further and decided to pose a simple question: Why do we have friends? Last Friday, May 6, in a talk entitled “You Can Pick Your (Best) Friends,” Liben-Nowell presented the data gathered by a group of four colleagues — two evolutionary psychologists and two computer scientists, including himself — who looked at the statistics of “Best Friends” rankings on MySpace. As Libe...

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