My partner and I moved to Minneapolis two years ago in 2019. We moved for many reasons, primarily for him to study at the University of Minnesota. He and I made many adjustments to our lifestyles when we landed in Minnesota. We found new friends, discovered new foods, located new stores for us to buyContinue reading “Being Car-Lite in Minneapolis”
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Critical Infrastructure: Building Broadband Awareness
There has been a lot of news lately on President Biden’s Infrastructure Bill and its $100 billion allocation to improving broadband service to Americans. My recent challenge of Life Without a Smartphone has encouraged me to reflect on the possibility of living life with less access to the internet. While I haven’t used my smartphoneContinue reading “Critical Infrastructure: Building Broadband Awareness”
Community Organizing with Zoom: Challenges, Opportunities, and Background Noise
Hey Kyle, good to see you! How are things? Oh, Kyle, you’re on mute. Sorry Rebecca, you’re breaking up. Hey Jeff, I’m getting some feedback from your line. Can you go on mute? I’m sorry my kids are being loud. Hey guys can you hear me? My sound is being choppy. I’m going to turnContinue reading “Community Organizing with Zoom: Challenges, Opportunities, and Background Noise”
Broadcast Radio as Community Organizing: Who’s impacted, and where do we go from here?
It was announced in December of 2020 that the Twin Cities would loose two locally owned radio stations. KZGO broadcasted an Urban Top 40 sound, and KQGO filled the airwaves with “modern alternative” music. However, each station struggled to gain ratings in the increasingly competitive market for audio attention. In the traditional radio arena, ratingsContinue reading “Broadcast Radio as Community Organizing: Who’s impacted, and where do we go from here?”
MP3 Players in the Pandemic: Looking back while moving forward
The COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated our time spent online. As early as June 2020, PC Magazine reported an unprecedented increase in time spent online. Since the pandemic began, Facebook saw a 27% increase in daily web traffic. TikTok saw a 25% increase. Zoom gained a 2,900% increase in daily participants. We collectively spent 3,800 years eachContinue reading “MP3 Players in the Pandemic: Looking back while moving forward”
It’s time to update my status.
On a late-spring day, my partner and I were walking in a neighborhood near the University of Minnesota. I stumbled upon a few books laying in a pile of “free stuff” on someone’s front yard. I picked up Status Update by Alice Marwick. The book’s title alone sparked curiosity. I have always been interested inContinue reading “It’s time to update my status.”