Archive for February, 2019

How Twitter Aids in the International Spreading of Fake News

Kelsey Neufeld

Twitter is a popular social media outlet that is used by people all around the world. Even though the source only allows a measly 140 word limit and the option to post photo and video, it has become a very powerful news spreading network. Although this widely viewed news source is briefly read it is very rarely truthful or accurate, and it has taken the world of news by storm. As you scroll through twitter with the mindset that not everything is true, it is very evident that fake news is all around us. Many studies have shown that false news is proven to spread way faster and get retweeted more often than correct news in any shape or form with real news taking six times as long to reach twitter users in comparison to fake news (Fox).

A research study was conducted by MIT’s Soroush Vosoughi, after the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings. Most of the general population go to twitter for updates on tragedies like this one to try and find out what has happened and why. Vosoughi decided to check out the feed on twitter stating that “twitter became our main source of news, I realized that a good chunk of what I was reading on social media was rumors.” Him and his colleagues used a variety of websites that sort out fake articles from true ones and found that out of 126,000 stories, false news stories were tweeted 70 percent more frequently than real stories (Meyer). Fake news in events like this can be very heartbreaking for loved ones of the victims, and any false names released or incorrect information can have a lasting effect on families affected.

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Apple Daily: A Newspaper vs The Third Most Powerful Country in the World

Angelica B

Occupy Central Protest of 2014. Photo by Dickson Lee of South China Morning Post.

Before we dive in, I think it’s important to provide some background information on Hong Kong. Hong Kong is a small region on the southeast tip of China with a population of 7.4 million, making it the fourth most densely populated place in the world. Hong Kong is a former British colony that was handed back to China in 1997 under the agreement that Hong Kong would maintain a “high degree of autonomy, except in foreign and defence affairs” (“The Joint Declaration”). As many people expected, this “autonomy” did not last. China has been incessantly enforcing their control over Hong Kong in a multitude of ways, with the British Chairman of Foreign affairs saying China has been treating the pre-handover agreement signed between China and the United Kingdom as “void” (“Daily Hansard – Debate”). Hong Kong citizens have protested Chinese control several times since the handover, most famously during the Umbrella Revolution protests of 2014. The revolt of Hong Kong citizens has the potential to create dire consequences for China as it could inspire mainland Chinese citizens to follow suit. This has led to increased tension between Hong Kong citizens and the Hong Kong government who has been trying to suppress any resistance to China.

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Computing Visionary: Who was Ada Lovelace?

Iqra Abbasi

Figure 1: Ada Lovelace,

The official computer languages pioneered in the 1950s with the creation of Fortran I, Cobol and Algol (Fairhead) were thought to be milestones in understanding the personal computer, more specifically the operational principle of a Central Processing Unit with memory. However, while many pay homage to Charles Babbage, the father of the computer, the first ‘programmer’ generally agreed upon is Augusta Ada, Countess of Lovelace (1815-52).

Ada Lovelace was born to Rmantic poet Lord Byron and his wife, Annabelle. They separated when Ada was five months old, and as a result, her mother kept Ada busy at a young age with various tutors in mathematics, sciences, music and French (Charman-Anderson). Ada’s life took a turn when at 17 she was introduced to Charles Babbage, a professor in mathematics at the University of Cambridge. Babbage invited Ada to come to see his small-scale computing machine called the Difference Engine, commonly referred to as the Difference Machine. Ada, determined to understand how the machine worked, asked Babbage to look at the blueprints of the machine.

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William Blake’s Books as Art

Sheila Bautz

A Lifetime of Visions… Poetic Flow… Artistic Flare… Inventions… William Blake was a prolific Poetic Genius born in 1757 during the Industrial Revolution in Britain. He studied art as a child at the academy of Henry Pars followed by a seven year apprenticeship under James Basire. Shortly after his apprenticeship with Basire, in 1779, Blake began to experiment with improving the printing process and its techniques. (Bentley, 1981).

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Books with moving parts

Colton Kidd

From etchings on stone tablets to digital copies, books have evolved drastically over time. While the future of the book is uncertain, past innovations regarding books can still be seen even today. As a kid I remember being fascinated by interactive books: things like pop-ups, pull-able tabs that moved the designs on the page, and even buttons that when pressed played music or sound effects. For the most part, these features are more commonly found in children’s books rather than novels or anthologies. Heretofore these constituents were praised at the time of their inauguration for their ingenuity and functionality that would shape future book designs. I will analyze the origins of the significant movable parts in books and their functions.

A Discovery and Playne Declaration of Sundry Subtill Practises of the Holy Inquisition of Spayne by Raimundo González de Montes (Retrieved from:

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