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"TikTok made my buy it" table at Bolen Books. Photo by Maya Linsley.

Viral books: BookTok’s impact on the business of books

In October 2020, young adult novelist Gabrielle Prendergast made a TikTok account. Its initial purpose was to celebrate an unexpected success: her novel, Zero Repeat Forever, was hitting top charts…
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Instagram will never be casual

No matter what effort social media users employ to “make Instagram casual again” — whether that be posting blurry mirror selfies, curating photo dumps or depicting the mundane — Instagram…
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Zoom University is offering a minor in body dissatisfaction

Online communication platforms, including social media and Zoom, have taken a toll on how students feel about their physical appearance    This article discusses body image dissatisfaction and may be difficult…
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UVic hires seven students to help create social media posts

Social Media Ambassadors create Instagram and TikTok content about campus life and events The University of Victoria recently hired seven new Social Media Ambassadors (SMAs) to help promote UVic on…
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Fine arts students: It’s getting harder for our work to stay up on Instagram

Sech says that Instagram’s selective censorship is hurting emerging artists, and is also limiting authentic expression. “In mainstream media and these music videos that you’re watching — it’s usually a…

In the kingdom of the coronavirus, the social outcast is king

I have observed a number of persons beginning to catalogue their riveting new lives across social media, and in these, one cannot help but observe a trend of gradually-evolving but…

Social media is harming our democracies and ads are just the tip of the iceberg

Politicians using money to gain influence is nothing new. But with Facebook under fire for refusing to fact-check political ads and Twitter deciding to ban them, any voter has to…

How to (successfully) step back from social media’s influence over you

It’s time we started paying attention — not only to how much we use social media, but also to how and why we use it..

EDITORIAL: Fake news has real consequences for media and the masses

The Pope endorsed Donald Trump. An FBI agent investigating Hillary Clinton’s private email server was discovered dead in an apparent murder-suicide. And busloads of professional protesters were dropped off mere…

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