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Does your phone eavesdrop? Most likely.

I am rarely enticed by advertising on social media. This is perhaps partly in the spirit of rebellion. I constantly recognize topics that I've had private conversations about appear in advertisements on my social media feeds. Topics that I would never usually be interested in but were brought up by those around me are the most tell-tale signs that my devices are listening for keywords in my conversations. For example, one time on a phone call a friend mentioned that they were about to head to Sonic's "Tater…

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  • Influencers | Social Media , Pepperdine Student Comments
  • Nov 12, 2018

Carter Sharer: Award winning designer to Influencer

Our interview of Carter Sharer for “The Creative Influencer” podcast is available today for download on iTunes.

Carter shared the following takeaways:  

Jon: In your teens, you started to design and create innovative walking devices?

Carter: So, this was I think probably about 2009, so I’m in high school freshman year. I get on YouTube, I remember even to this day and if you look at my like saved history from back in 2009, I had these videos, I would scour the Internet for all these, like mechanical like…

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  • The Creative Influencer , Podcast , Influencers | Social Media
  • Nov 07, 2018

Curse the Internet’s Unforgiving Memory

​Every once in a while, I get a text from an old high school friend, not saying hello, not saying they miss me but rather sending a more than embarrassing image of me, brace-face and all, from the depths of my Facebook page saying "lol remember when you looked like this?" Yes, Sammy, thanks to the permanency of the Internet, I will always remember.

Knowing what I know now, I wish I could hop into a time machine and warn my past self of the Internet's dangerous potential.…

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  • Influencers | Social Media , Pepperdine Student Comments
  • Oct 31, 2018

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