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From #Hashtag to #Selfie: What the #Oscars learned in 3 short years

At the 2011 Oscars, co-hosts Anne Hathaway and James Franco employed Twitter to “appeal to a younger demographic.” Many viewers sighed and rolled their eyes. The resulting tweets were generally negative, mocking the hosts and the winners. Broadcast producers, perhaps miffed by the negativity of viewer tweets, stopped advertising the #Oscars hashtag midway through the…

Cellar 912: Pop-Up Dining

Pop-up restaurants intrigue me. The concept is simple – a chef or catering unit wants to try out some new dishes, a new approach to service, or spread their brand with new clients. So, they host a one-night only (or multi-night) event in which they create a restaurant from scratch. The infamous Top Chef Restaurant Wars…

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Museums Extend the Conversation

The following column was featured in The Greenville News on Monday, January 27, 2014. See it on GreenvilleOnline here. In a world where digital technology stores all of our information, the role of the museum as an archive of curation and reflection seems more important than ever. Fifty years after the tumultuous 1960s, the Upcountry…

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Explosive (Information) Design

When I think about design, I typically describe a process of creation. But a method of destruction is just as interesting a topic. Here was my inspiration: the planned implosion of Scott Towers on January 19, 2014: Even if we learn nothing from this article, that video was worth the 39 seconds it took to…

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“Well, this class makes me think”

On the third week of class this semester, I walked in to hear my students talking about a class that one of them slept through. Of course, I inquired: “Which class are you sleeping through this term?” The answer: chemistry. I responded: “I haven’t seen you sleep through any of my classes. Should I be…

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Rethinking the Classroom

The collaboration surrounding the James L. Knight School of Communication and the 2012 Democratic National Convention has been highlighted on the national level. Dr. John A. McArthur, an associate professor in the Knight School of Communication, had an article published in the Journal of the Association for Communication Administration in its recent issue. The article,…

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Proxemics and Park Benches

A leisurely stroll down a city street. An open space emerges in the streetscape. A quick glance into the plaza reveals grass, rocks, trees, benches. A decision awaits. Do I keep walking? Do I sit? The nature of objects in public spaces can dictate (or at least influence) the choices that we make. Adherents to…