Category: Special Reports

Special Series, Part II: With or Without You

We can’t deny that social media plays an important role in our lives however, the use and in some cases the excessive use of it has left a footprint in our relationships. We all use them, and although it has become an essential operating tool in our society in the last couple of years, social networks, have also become a double edge sword, it’s easy access can bring us closer with those who are far away, but can sometimes push apart from those who are near us. With the lack of personal interaction with whom are near and taking into account the easy access to social networks, a person can fall into temptation of simple interacting with others only online, a choice that could become dangerous game with no favorable results. Social networks have even impacted some of the most intimate relations. A study on cyber psychology, behavioral and social networks, found those who use Facebook excessively are more likely to have troubled relationships, which later may cause an emotional and physical problem which can ultimately end their relationship and even in family courtrooms some of these sites have become a powerful tool. And because nothing is on private on the internet once it’s there you could never take it back. Local authorities even say social media has become a place where a lot of criminals document there wrongdoing...

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Special Series: With Or Without You

Social media has become one of the most popular ways of communication with more than one billion people registered on sites like Facebook and Twitter. In fact there are even those who say social media networks are breaking boundaries. As you walk to school or drive to work. You can’t help to notice how people have become attached to their mobile devices. According to a social media analysis every minute 684 thousand 478 Facebook content is shared on its site, 36 hundred new photos are posted on Instagram; and there are 2,083 check-ins on foursquare. According to an article...

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Special Series, Part II: “Sexting: Trending or Troubling?”

Sending and receiving sexual messages or racy photographs can seem like not too big of a deal but if those messages get into the wrong hands, or someone feels harassed or threatened by them, what may have started out as a joke becomes a legal offense punishable by jail time. As common as sexting is, it’s surprising that most individuals have no knowledge of the legal aspects surrounding sending and/or receiving inappropriate and sexually explicit messages and photos. With the constant progression of technology, aiding in the ease and availability of sending sexually-centered content, it seems as though the law is playing catch up. Depending on the age of those involved and the number of times those individuals take part in the act, the legal repercussions vary. If one person is of age, while the other is a minor, that’s when the FBI gets involved. However, if both parties are of age, it’s considered a private matter unless, one person is using the messages or images to embarrass, harass, bully or extort another. In that case, the individual found responsible will face felony charges and it doesn’t stop there. Although the laws regarding the act of sending and receiving inappropriate messages are being continuously updated, many cases that make it to the courtroom don’t exclusively deal with the specifics of sexting. Those more serious allegations leave lasting effects on...

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Special Series Part I: “Sexting: Trending Or Trouble?”

This device can be used to make calls, send text messages even purchase items online, although it seems like a little life saver, it can also cause a whole lot of problems. It’s an issue some-what new to our society and with new applications, social outlets and different forms of communication constantly being introduced to us, how can be stay up to date on what exactly is considered, “sexting”? It’s a trend that seems to be sticking, but as this trend grows more and more troubling, how is it affecting our lives? It may be happening on an equal basis, but most individuals won’t come forward to admitting they sext, in fear of judgment, embarrassment, even self loathing. Facebook, instagram, snapchat as more social gateways open, it makes the temptation to send sexual messages and photos greater and with just a few swipes of your fingers, within seconds, a photo or text can be sent to anyone, it almost trivializes the full gravity of the situation. Now, it’s easy to point fingers toward technological advancements, but others, like name of fbi agent think the problem should be addressed at home. Parents can eliminate sexting problems among their children, even dissuade them from starting but most teens and young adults who run into trouble with sexing don’t have the necessary support to begin with. Although parenting, or lack thereof, has...

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Special Series, Part II: Geek it Up

The biggest misconception about geeks is their size. Some people think of glasses, small nerdy men, with a video games in their hands twenty four seven. However, you couldn’t be farther from the truth. Each year, comic-cons all around the nation attract hundreds of thousands of geeky fans to their floors. This is the time where anyone can participate in cosplay and not get any funny looks. Confused yet? What is cosplay? Just recently South Texas held its own comic con for the first time, with celebrities such as Vern Troyer from Austin powers, ray park from x-men and...

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