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The business of fake news: How algorithms influence our opinions

October 15, 2020

The spread of information, news, personal ideas and stories through the internet has created a world where it seems like everything is at your fingertips. However, these online spaces have also created...

Facebook’s new advertising policy

Illustration by Elie Flanagan
November 7, 2019

In the past couple of weeks, Mark Zuckerberg has come under increasing scrutiny for Facebook’s policy concerning false and un-fact checked political advertising. In what seems to be a response to right-wing...

Insidious Advertising Corrupts our Lives

Illustration by Meg Cuca
February 16, 2017

In childhood, it started with the commercials on all of our favorite TV channels, but as we’ve gotten older, advertisements have morphed and adapted with us and to us. Lately, no matter where you’re...

Whitman Updates Advertising Strategy with Social Media

Illustration by Julie Peterson.
April 17, 2014

  Starting this year, Whitman College is increasing its presence in the fast-paced social media world. Whitman is integrating social media into its advertising strategies in order to help Whitman...

It’s Complicated: couple not posting enough photos on facebook

It's Complicated: couple not posting enough photos on facebook
February 13, 2014

With Valentine's Day fast approaching, first-year Tasha Simmons is worried her boyfriend, first-year Dale Cane, is not posting enough pictures on Facebook to showcase their love. "He posted a few selfies...

Facebook Statuses Self-Promote

September 26, 2013

If you have a Facebook, you've probably seen certain articulate statuses that say something along the lines of "uggggggh this is the worst." The poster will get a couple comments that question the person's...

Tech Work More Sensible with a Few Simple Rules

April 25, 2013

It's been a wonderful four years writing the tech column for The Pio. But all good things must come to an end. Since I'm going to be leaving campus and taking them with me, I figured I'd share my rules...

A Movie Reviewer’s ‘Hair’y Adventure

Illustration by Luke Hampton
April 11, 2013

For almost two years I've had the awesome job of writing movie reviews for The Pio––Friday night: the theater with a tub of popcorn; Saturday morning: Zip off a short review. Easy! Never thinking...

‘Bang With Friends’ Will Revolutionize Sex

Illustration by Eduardo Vazquez
April 11, 2013

Bang With Friends, a Facebook-linked website that took only two hours to code, has the potential to change sex forever. I would even go so far as to argue that Bang With Friends is the most innovative...

Students Sense Hazard in Social Media Outlets

March 7, 2013

The quiet room echoes with the soft sound of many busy fingers on keyboards, but among the rows of students hard at work, a few students surreptitiously check their notifications, while others respond...

Raw Geographies students make political art

October 25, 2012

On Thursday, Oct. 18, students walked to class with their gaze not cast down upon the usual sight of Ankeny Field's greenery, but instead upwards at the sky, where a weather balloon hung, figuratively...

Campus examines use of social media

October 4, 2012

As technology becomes more central in the daily lives of Americans, colleges all around the nation have begun breaking into social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter. "Most of my generation's...

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