Author Archives: Nicholas Wyant

About Nicholas Wyant

I am the Head of Social Sciences at Indiana University Wells Library. I am responsible for Political Science, Criminal Justice & Social Work. In addition to my subject areas I also study student's interaction with technology. Recently, I have altered my methods from a sociological perspective to an anthropological one.

A better man than I

Pope Francis, when asked about the fate of the GLBTQ individuals, once said, “who am I to judge.” I am not a religious person, and am extremely suspicious of any kind of organized religion. But you have to admire the … Continue reading

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Facts, Alternative Facts, and Noise

The President is not happy with Google News. Just to be clear, no one should be happy with Google News. Google News, or pretty much any news that aggregates other stories is pretty much useless if you are looking for … Continue reading

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The Economy of Stuff

Not too long ago Wal-Mart drew many comparisons to the Borg. The Borg, for those who might not know, played the part of the new über villains on Star Trek The Next Generation. They were unstoppable, “you will be assimilated” … Continue reading

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Social Media!

Social media cannot and will not save or elevate journalism. Twitter might have value to some people, but it is not the place for journalist to communicate anything. Two recent Tweets from journalist (who should damn well know better) illustrate … Continue reading

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Facebook, Deleted

In September 2017 I deleted my Facebook account, or so I thought. Several searches online made me think there were bits and pieces of my account still alive. On March 18th, 2018 I attempted to log back on to Facebook … Continue reading

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Let’s Fix Fake News with an App!

Much of the narrative surrounding the plague of fake news in society is that this is a problem that can be solved by technology. Technological Determinism is a phrase that I use, perhaps, a bit too much. At times, I … Continue reading

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Perhaps it is time to pay attention, just a little

Over the past few days I have checked the NRA’s website to see what (if anything) they might say about the shooting in Florida. Nothing is the answer. But what really struck me was what is on the NRA website: … Continue reading

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