Essay #7

Rachel Jaffe Dr. Mary Pettice FYS 100: Social Media 10 Dec. 2013 Neema Namadamu-Hero Woman   Many of my previous blog posts have been devoted to this idea of social media being used for social good. I strongly believe that technology has the potential to change the world, but it is up to society to […]


“It is enough to stop briefly in a village, a town, or simply in a field–a group of children will instantly materialize. All of them indescribably tattered . . . Hunger for these children is something permanent, a way of life, second nature. And yet they do not ask for bread or fruit, or even […]

Social Media For Social Good

Rachel Jaffe Dr. Mary Pettice FYS 100: Going Viral 3 Dec. 2013 Social Media For Social Good   Abstract:             Ghanaian diplomat and the seventh Secretary-General of the United States Kofi Annan once said, “Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family.” (Knowledge) We often […]

Essay #5: Visual Literacy

Understanding Visual Literacy               In the words of the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL), “The importance of images and visual media in contemporary culture is changing what it means to be literate in the 21st century” (ACRL). Even coming from a credible source like this one, that is a bold statement to […]

The Digital Divide

Rachel Jaffe               In Newark, a city with one of the highest poverty rates in the US, many Newark Leadership Academy students are unable to afford Internet access at home. Like all public schools in the city, Wi-Fi is not available to teachers or students. In situations like this, teens will often seek alternative […]

Delete Cyberbullying

Rachel Jaffe FYS 100 Social Media: Going Viral Dr. Pettice October 24, 2013    Delete Cyberbullying               “Why are you still alive?”. “You’re Ugly”. “Can u die please?”. “Drink bleach and die”. These are just some of the words that were said to twelve-year old Rebecca Sedwick that drove her to jump to her […]