Blog becomes teaching tool

Each post is required to have an original photo. This one is not super exciting, but I know students will bring their creativity.

By Regina Cassell

I teach a course at Washburn University called Media Bootcamp. It’s a hands-on extension of the department’s survey course, Introduction to Mass Media. Because my summer session is five short weeks, the class will practice blogging, social media and search engine optimization on this site while also creating content relevant to our course.

You will find many voices here. The theme is technology. Content generators will create one post in each of the following five categories: technology review, privacy, narrative, historical and blogger’s choice.

Note the links in the above paragraph. They are examples of the categories students must create original content in. Linking them here is not endorsing them, but rather providing an example. Students must create their own posts with original content, but they must also provide two active links and original photos with all of their posts. Students must also read and comment on all weekly posts. Posts must be 150 words and no longer than 275 words.


Legal Aspect of Internet Privacy and How It Can Be Protected

The internet is an amazing creation that was made on January 1,1983. From this time forward it would continue to grow and be manipulated for new uses. Through out time crime has always been a difficulty to catch. Once the internet started to adapt to exchanging of money and objects many would try and take advantage of this and start to hack and share the innocent peoples money and even their identity’s! The government had finally started to step in and creating privacy and cyberlaws. The first act was installed in 1984 but much latter after that that in 2002 the “Cyber Security Enhancement Act” would later enforce: Commission reviews, amending federal sentencing guides, address crimes involving fraud in connection with computers and access to protected information, protect computers from viruses. Other acts have happened since 2002 to keep up with the forever evolving internet and its crime.

Three Years of Misery Inside Silicon Valley

In Wired’s September 2019 magazine, Author Nitasha Tiku explains major issues with Google that have caused controversy within the company for the past three years. In her article, Three Years of Misery Inside Silicon Valley’s Happiest Company, Tiku points out three major controversies that Google has faced. The first is lack of diversity followed by Project Maven and sexual harassment culture in the company. 

In 2016, A male employee at Google was fired after claiming that the lack of women in the company is from biology. He also said that hiring more women would be lowering the bar for Google and discriminate against men. This man then leaked personal information that threatened certain employees of google, most were LGBT employees. The far right media saw this man as a hero and and Google did nothing to protect the people’s whose information was leaked

The second incident was Project Maven. This project was contracted through the US military. The goal of the project was for Google to engineer AI technology for the military. Many people in the company felt that this was a moral issue and went against the principles of the company. Google tried to lie about details in the contract. Employees were quick to protest. Google ended up not renewing the contract and ended the project.

The final large issue was when Google was exposed for giving top executives 90 million dollar payouts when sexual abuse charges were made against them. This lead to over 40,000 employees at Google around the world protesting and walking out. They called this day “A Day Without Women.”

Dawson Pankratz

Hello! My name is Dawson Pankratz and I am currently a sophomore here at Washburn University! My major is Communications with an emphasis in Mass Media. This is the third major I have switched to, so hopefully this one sticks. I am on the Washburn Debate team and I work as a Resident Assistant on campus. My plan is to work as a real estate agent after college, but I decided I should get a degree considering I tend to change my plans around quite a bit.