Twitter Ads & Critical Thinking // Dramatism

I aimlessly scrolled through my newsfeed, scanning the latest political tweets dispersed between random thoughts from friends and blurbs from nonprofits and businesses.  Video links from the latest episode of The Voice caught my eye — I wonder who made it through to the next round? Then a gif of Wendy’s latest deal appeared, and I felt my stomach growl. Right before I closed the…

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Group Projects & Breakfast // Symbolic Convergence Theory

Developed by Ernest Bormann, Symbolic Convergence Theory focuses on the cohesion levels of a specific group of people through the shared meanings and lingo that are exclusive to that particular group. When a group member wants to create a symbolic convergence, he or she creates a dramatized message that uses imaginative language to describe an event. If that dramatized message is accepted by each group…

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Bethel Concerts // Social Judgment Theory & The Elaboration Likelihood Model

I attended a Bethel concert Saturday night ((it was fabulous, by the way)). When the Brian and Jenn Johnson pulled out stools and a hightop table to share for a few minutes, the crowd eagerly sat down and soaked up their story like sponges under a faucet. Everyone there was not only thrilled to hear Bethel sing, but they also couldn’t wait to receive the…

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What’s In Your Bio? // Social Information Processing Theory

Instagrammers, Twitter influencers, and LinkedIn specialists all stress the importance of your bio. Your snippet of yourself should describe who you are, what you’re about, and why people must have you in their feed. Some social media enthusiasts put their job title in their bio; others list their hobbies and their passions. Some type out their personality type; others tag their kids or their pup.…

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“Tidying Up” Spiritual Messes // Expectation Violations

If I could summarize the first 60 days of 2019 in one tweet, I’d tweet this: “Did it spark joy?” Every time I check social media my friends have posted something new about the latest bedroom they have organized and the trendiest storage hack they’ve discovered, all in an effort to focus on the things that “spark joy.” According to Marie Kondo’s Netflix series, tidying…

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Beach Trips & Design Tips // Symbolic Interactionism

White couches, light blue walls, wicker chairs, and soft lighting create the vibe. Nautical art decorates the walls, and seashell lamps and rope-covered picture frames litter the coffee table and bookshelf. It may be early February, but whenever I step into my friend’s living room I feel like I’ve stepped into a beach cottage on the shores of Destin, FL, far far away from the…

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