Discussion Starter: #AlexFromTarget Gains Viral Fame
07 November 2014
In The News Texas—A 16-year-old Target employee gained sudden Internet fame this week when a photo of him working went viral. After a Twitter user named Abbie posted the picture, #AlexFromTarget became a global trending topic. A social media company called Breakr later claimed credit..
Discussion Starter: “Fear-bola” Panic Exemplifies Our Frightened Age
22 October 2014
In The News Dallas—After the Ebola virus entered the United States, killing one man and infecting two nurses who treated him, paranoia spread, leading to closures and quarantines. Although Ebola has infected more than 9,000 people in West Africa, killing about half of them, U.S...
Discussion Starter: Cancer Patient Plans Her Own Death
15 October 2014
In The News Portland, Ore.—Faced with aggressive, terminal brain cancer and given less than six months to live, 29-year-old Brittany Maynard plans to take prescribed medication on November 1 to end her life. Maynard’s video about her decision has gone viral, sparking a national discussion..
Discussion Starter: Student Fakes Trip Via Social Media
07 October 2014
In The News Amsterdam—For a school project about how the online world is easily manipulated, one design student went to extraordinary lengths. Zilla Van Den Born, 25, said she was going on a five-week trip to Southeast Asia. But after waving goodbye at the airport,..
Discussion Starter: Students Protest Anti-Protest Curriculum
29 September 2014
In The News Golden, Colo.—Hundreds of high school students near Denver have been walking out of classes to protest possible history-curriculum changes. For four straight days, students in Jefferson County, Colorado’s second-largest school district, have stood along busy streets during school hours, holding signs supporting..