NASCAR 09 – 10 Years Later

Something completely unrelated to school, communications or technology, let’s compare 2008’s NASCAR roster to the present day!

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On this day, 10 years ago, EA Sports released NASCAR 09. Aside from a 2009 kart racing spinoff, it was the final NASCAR game to be released by Electronic Arts, and marked a brief hiatus for yearly NASCAR video games until Eutechnyx and Activision released NASCAR The Game: 2011.

I remember having a conversation with a friend who bought an older NASCAR game at a used game store. It was surreal to realize that none of the drivers in one of the pictures he sent me currently competes on a full time basis. That discussion inspired me to revisit NASCAR 09 on its tenth anniversary and see how its roster holds up. This analysis is based upon the 2017 and current season (up to the Firekeepers Casino 400), discussing whether or not the driver races full time in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Ladies and gentlemen, prepare to feel old.

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Shall We Reflect?

“Cold weather, big exams/assignments on the horizon, high blood pressure, the Fall semester is coming to a close.”

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Cold weather, big exams/assignments on the horizon, high blood pressure, the Fall semester is coming to a close. With that, the Social Media class is in its concluding phase and we have reached the final required blog post for the class. That said, as with the conclusion of the blog’s previous incarnation, it’s time for some final thoughts. However, since there’s a chance I might find myself writing on this blog in the future for other purposes, rather than calling this entry a “wrap-up,” let’s call it a reflection. Continue reading “Shall We Reflect?”

A Darker Side to Digital Communications

“Entertaining content can go viral, but public shaming can also spread like wildfire, and suddenly it can feel like one person is at odds with the entire population of the internet.”

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More often than not, the discussions about social media and digital communications on this blog have been about their positive aspects: The newfound ease and speed of communications, the various ways companies/organizations can use these tools in a professional manner, etc. However, as with many other things in life, to only present these technological and societal “advancements” of communications in a positive light would paint an inaccurate picture. Entertaining content can go viral, but public shaming can also spread like wildfire, and suddenly it can feel like one person is at odds with the entire population of the internet. Indeed, the concept of public shaming heightened by social media and communication technology can leave repercussions on the receiver’s professional life, everyday interactions and in some cases, one’s own mortality. Continue reading “A Darker Side to Digital Communications”

A Future Visualized?

“…the dialogue that emerged from the panel painted a picture of social media that’s dynamic and full of intrigue.”

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While I’m not too certain about my plans after college, my current career trajectory indicates that I’ll be involved in the media to a certain extent. These considerations made a recent class in Social Media all the more relevant to my life and professional aspirations. A panel was assembled to speak to the class, and all three panelists were connected in the fact that social media plays a big role in their occupations. The panel consisted of Megan Longo who serves as the Director of Marketing for the Flagship Restaurant Group; Ashley Anderson, the Marketing Strategist for Flywheel and former Social Media Strategist; and Amanda Brandt, a Creighton University alumna who’s employed by her alma mater as a Social Media and Content Strategist. In short, I found the panel to be informative, interesting and a great opportunity to hear from professionals about work that I may potentially find myself doing following my tossing of the cap (if not sooner). Continue reading “A Future Visualized?”

Complexity, Mystery and Improvement: A Quick Look at the Facebook Algorithms

“If Youtube has a team of highly trained monkeys on technical support, it only makes sense for Facebook to have a similarly dedicated group working onthe algorithms”

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Facebook is, without a doubt, one of the most successful social networks of all time. However, while it could be seen as the clear leader of social networks at the turn of the decade (and remains the most-used network to this day), competition has gotten stronger in recent times, as seen in the popularity of sites like Instagram and Snapchat. That being said, the people at Facebook are continually at work in modifying Facebook’s news feed algorithms to provide the best possible experience for users (and in turn, keep their attention from other social networks). Will Oremus, Senior Technology Writer of Slate, had the opportunity to visit Facebook’s news feed team, and share discuss his experience in a 2016 Slate article. In short: The findings are fascinating and eye-opening… Continue reading “Complexity, Mystery and Improvement: A Quick Look at the Facebook Algorithms”

Animals, Social Media, Community, Oh My!

“…hopefully I’ll be able to post about my own ‘Christmas sheep’ someday…”

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Field trips are always interesting experiences, and they’re even more interesting when animals are involved. Indeed, the social media class embarked (no pun intended) on a trip to the Nebraska Humane Society so we could learn how the organization uses social media. The trip featured a presentation from the Humane Society’s Digital Marketing Manager, Elizabeth Hilpipre, who happens to be a Creighton alumna. Hilpipre’s insights regarding social media were captivating to listen to as she discussed the Humane Society gaining national attention because of social media, how it has led to notable donations and what goes into their social media strategy. Continue reading “Animals, Social Media, Community, Oh My!”

Social Media for a Cause

“…the ways these organizations use Instagram should be taken note of by other nonprofits as they build their presence on the site.”

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Throughout the class, we’ve talked about the use of social media in a professional lens (just like what I anticipated learning about upon starting this class). An example of this can be seen in the social media presence of nonprofit organizations. With Instagram currently being one of the most popular social networks, it should be no surprise that multiple nonprofits have taken to it. Winnie Lui for CauseVox.com wrote an article containing a small list of nonprofits with notable Instagram profiles, and the ways these organizations use Instagram should be taken note of by other nonprofits as they build their presence on the site. Continue reading “Social Media for a Cause”