Digital Trends

I am a contributing writer for Social Media & Web on Digital Trends. You can see all of my articles here, but here are a few examples of my long-form pieces:

The world of sports has clearly been able to turn metrics into measurable, real-world predictions … so why shouldn’t it work for other markets as well? Why not use math to see into music’s immediate future? It’s happening. Thanks to the rise of online music consumption and the use of social media to discuss musicians, we have a clearer window into music consumption than ever before. Artists looking to break through to mainstream success may need to look no further than the numbers to chart their way to the top. But the question remains: Can something as personal and abstract as music be based on metrics, or does fate still have a hand in it all?

Read the whole article here: http://www.digitaltrends.com/social-media/the-beauty-of-data-in-music-discovery-how-to-use-it-to-find-the-next-music-sensation

It’s no secret that social media has boosted our desire to make known our every opinion, because these networks give us a voice to broadcast what we love, and what we hate. Or as the case may more often be, who we hate. And celebrities have become the target of so much of our online ire.

But is “celebrihating” really okay? Does that fact that stars have put themselves in the public eye mean it’s acceptable for us to tear them new ones on Tumblr, Twitter, and Facebook?

Read the whole article here: http://www.digitaltrends.com/social-media/celebrity-hate-yet-another-social-media-behavior-that-is-completely-out-of-control 

You wake up feeling a slight tickle in your throat. You try and shake it off and drink lots of water. After a few hours, it’s still there. Instead of calling your mom or making a doctor appointment, you head to the Internet.  Today, anyone with a computer and a connection can get online and find a variety of results, ranging from simple sore throat to the more serious, like bronchitis and asthma.

But just because we can doesn’t mean we should. In a world where almost everyone is online and can easily find and provide medical solace, is it really, truly a good idea to consider social media and the Web a reliable source of healthcare?