Posts Tagged ‘twitter’
Last week’s New York Times featured an article by Princeton Professor Christy Wampole on that favorite subject and object of ridicule—the hipster. She argues that hipsterdom is just a symptom of a larger cultural epidemic, and thus ridiculing hipsters is, in a way, ridiculing ourselves.
With all their retro clothing, hobbies, and gadgets, hipsters are simply the most obvious and visible examples of our ironic and insincere culture.
When I read Wampole’s article, I couldn’t help but think about how all this talk of insincerity applies to Columbia. Is the Columbia culture as ripe with irony and insincerity as Wampole claims the rest of American culture is?
On one hand, Wampole’s characterization seems to fit. General examples of our impulse to be ironic rather than sincere are everywhere. How many of us roll our eyes (smh, if you will) when we see a Facebook status about having a bad day or sappy song lyrics that express someone’s inner feelings?
Instead we tend towards witty or pithy statuses and look down on such sincere and sentimental confessions. But such behavior is hardly uniquely Columbian. More »
New York City experienced its first snow of the school year this afternoon, courtesy of impending nor’easter Athena. And everyone knows a snowstorm didn’t really happen if nobody posts about it on social media. See what some of your fellow Columbia students have to say about the storm on Twitter:
To help you get psyched for the big game this Saturday against Dartmouth, we’ll be hosting a Twitter Tailgate on Friday!
Unfortunately, technology has not advanced to the point where buffalo wings can be emailed to one another. However, via Twitter, school spirit very much can!
Head Coach Pete Mangurian will be hosting the tailgate with us, and a ton of great attendees, like Columbia Student Affairs, the School of General Studies, and Women’s Basketball Head Coach Paul Nixon will also be participating.
Follow #RoarLionRoar and @ColumbiaSpec on Friday at 5 p.m. to follow along, learn some trivia, ask questions of your own for our Q&A, and win some swag.
More information available via the official Facebook event!
It’s late. You’re up. You know it’s still just the start of a wonderful year because freshmen wearing their IDs in a lanyard around their necks are still abound. So get pumped that it’s still early enough to procrastinate and get away from your keyboard already! But only after reading this:
If only The Notebook was a series: Do you watch TV a lot? Do you have a boyfriend / girlfriend / signifcant other? We didn’t think so.
This week in signs: New York City is planning to stencil “LOOK” on busy intersections in an effort to protect confused or distracted tourists from being hit by speeding vehicles. No word on whether they are also going to stencil “DON’T HIT” on the tourists as well. More »
If you’re not on the Twittersphere, you’ve been missing out on our #columbiadates tweets today.
Here are a few of our most hilarious, and sometimes lewd, innuendos about places you can take your loved one (or find that special someone) at and around Columbia this Valentine’s Day:
1. Want to get some food? We could write our own Westside story
2. Up for some snuggles in Ruggles? More »
It’s late. You’re up. But it’s Thursday! You must be ecstatic. Or maybe you have work—I know I do. Love Thursdays at Columbia.
Republican brawl:Bitterness between Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney took center stage during Thursday’s Republican debate. The two argued over immigrations policies and their own financial holdings. Things got a bit personal, seeing as Gingrich’s campaign released (and later pulled) an advertisement that accused Romney of being the most anti-immigrant candidate.
Other Ivies exist: Don’t feel bad that applications to Columbia dropped 8.9% this year. It appears that applications to Harvard went down 1.9%, even after they reinstated their early decision program. Penn also dropped 1.7%, whereas Yale saw an increase of 5.8%. More »
Casey Tolan, Spec news deputy, is at Mayor Bloomberg’s press conference, awaiting the official announcement of Cornell’s victory in the mayor’s engineering campus competition. You can follow all the action by watching his tweets. The event is starting now. We will also be re-tweeting the action, so if you like your news passed through two Twitter accounts before it gets to you, check us out at @cu_spectator.
Not a tweeter? Not to worry: We’ll update this post with highlights after the event is over.
UPDATE: 4:13 p.m. The news conference is over, the last tweet has been tweeted, and here is what you need to know: More »
If you’re tech-savvy, an over-zealous pre-teen, or you’re Ashton Kutcher, you may follow a few Twitter accounts, or even keep up with your own. Not surprisingly, a number of Columbia people fall into one of these categories, and have posted a Tweet or two. We thought we’d present a few of our favorite Columbia-driven Twitter accounts and our favorite recent Tweets for your Twittering pleasure. There is even a new account (@columbiasays)! Tweets after the jump. More »