social media http://kcur.org en Kansas City's Esther Honig Investigates Photoshop, Gains International Attention http://kcur.org/post/kansas-citys-esther-honig-investigates-photoshop-gains-international-attention <p>A young Kansas City journalist named <a href="http://www.estherhonig.com/">Esther Honig</a>, who contributes to KCUR, had an idea for a project.</p><p>She sent a simple, straightforward portrait of herself to Photoshoppers&nbsp;around the globe with a request to make her beautiful. She wanted to see what that would mean to people in different parts of the world, investigating how culturally specific definitions of beauty might play into the results.</p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 19:52:10 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton, Sylvia Maria Gross & Matt Hodapp 58159 at http://kcur.org Kansas City's Esther Honig Investigates Photoshop, Gains International Attention Regents Reject Big Changes To Controversial Social Media Policy http://kcur.org/post/regents-reject-big-changes-controversial-social-media-policy <p></p><p>The Kansas Board of Regents has decided to add a free speech provision to a controversial social media policy, a decision criticized as “window dressing.”</p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 19:57:03 +0000 Peggy Lowe 54396 at http://kcur.org Regents Reject Big Changes To Controversial Social Media Policy What You Remember From The JJ’s Explosion http://kcur.org/post/what-you-remember-jj-s-explosion <p>One year ago, many Kansas Citians knew about a natural gas explosion at JJ’s Restaurant before news outlets began to report the story.</p><p>Wednesday <a href="http://kcur.org/post/one-year-later-still-no-final-chapter-jjs-blast">marks the one-year anniversary of the blast</a> that hundreds of Kansas Citians saw firsthand or felt on the Country Club Plaza. &nbsp;</p><p>We wanted to know more about what you remembered from that evening.</p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 17:45:44 +0000 Alyson Raletz 51504 at http://kcur.org What You Remember From The JJ’s Explosion The Coolest Things That Happened To You On A Kansas City Snow Day http://kcur.org/post/coolest-things-happened-you-kansas-city-snow-day <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Snow days in Kansas City mean sledding with the kids and game nights with friends.</span></p><p>But snow days also have brought once-in-a-lifetime experiences, like a first kiss or making a new set of friends on a stalled bus, according to feedback from our listeners this week.</p><p>Thousands of Kansas Citians found themselves at home this week during a snowstorm that dropped 10 or more inches across the metro area.</p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 22:04:21 +0000 Alyson Raletz 50901 at http://kcur.org The Coolest Things That Happened To You On A Kansas City Snow Day I Can’t Tweet Honestly Because I’m ‘Afraid I Might Get Fired’ http://kcur.org/post/i-can-t-tweet-honestly-because-i-m-afraid-i-might-get-fired <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>The line between individual social media activity and employment status isn’t a clear one, according to feedback we received this week from listeners.</p><p>When we asked <a href="http://kcur.org/post/tell-kcur-should-your-boss-be-able-fire-you-what-you-tweet">“Should your boss be able to fire you for what you tweet?”</a> on the air and online, the responses showed the issue of social media and the workplace as a divisive one in Kansas City. &nbsp;</p><p>We received many emphatic yeses, citing personal responsibility.</p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 22:16:50 +0000 Alyson Raletz 50178 at http://kcur.org I Can’t Tweet Honestly Because I’m ‘Afraid I Might Get Fired’ Social Media Policy Making Waves At Kansas Universities http://kcur.org/post/social-media-policy-making-waves-kansas-universities <p></p><p>The Kansas Board of Regents’ <a href="http://kcur.org/post/kansas-faculty-change-curriculum-new-social-media-policy-kicks">new social media policy for university personnel</a> is at the center of heated debate, both inside and outside the education world.</p><p>In the second part of Wednesday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, we talk about the pros and cons of the policy.</p><p><strong>Guests:</strong></p> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 17:12:49 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 50101 at http://kcur.org Social Media Policy Making Waves At Kansas Universities Kansas Regents Reject Plea To Suspend Social Media Plan http://kcur.org/post/kansas-regents-reject-plea-suspend-social-media-plan <p>The Kansas Board of Regents Wednesday denied a faculty group’s request that it suspend a controversial social media policy that has received national criticism as harming free speech.</p><p>Emporia State Professor Sheryl Lidzy, representing the Council of Faculty Senate Presidents, asked for the suspension, saying the plan could harm the hiring of top quality faculty and continue to generate negative publicity.</p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 20:56:02 +0000 Peggy Lowe 49817 at http://kcur.org Kansas Board Of Regents Passes Social Media Policy http://kcur.org/post/kansas-board-regents-passes-social-media-policy <p>The Kansas Board of Regents has approved a new social media policy for state university employees. Violating the policy could lead to sanctions, including dismissal.</p><p>Regents Chairman Fred Logan says there is a concern that social media can lead to what he calls "extraordinary damage" to institutions very quickly. He says the requirements are narrowly drawn and highlight exceptions to First Amendment protections that have been created by the courts.</p> Thu, 19 Dec 2013 19:17:14 +0000 Stephen Koranda 48607 at http://kcur.org How You Filled In The Blank: You Know You’re A KC Techie When … http://kcur.org/post/how-you-filled-blank-you-know-you-re-kc-techie-when <p>You know you’re a Kansas City techie when “<a href="https://twitter.com/kcur">@KCUR</a> wants to know.”</p><p>That’s how Kansas City Startup Village (Twitter: <a href="https://twitter.com/@kcsv">@KCSV</a>) filled in the blank on Twitter when we asked our listeners and followers on social media to complete this sentence: <a href="http://kcur.org/post/tell-kcur-you-know-you-re-kansas-city-techie-when">You know you’re a Kansas City techie when … </a></p> Thu, 12 Dec 2013 19:25:02 +0000 Alyson Raletz 48248 at http://kcur.org Missouri Has The Happiest Cities, According To Instagram http://kcur.org/post/missouri-has-happiest-cities-according-instagram <p>Missouri's two largest cities sit at the top of a list of the 20 happiest cities in the U.S., compiled by startup company, <a href="https://www.jetpac.com/">Jetpac</a>.</p><p>St. Louis came in as the happiest city, based off of an analysis of images from social media site&nbsp;Instagram. Kansas City, Mo., came in at No. 2.</p><p><a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/the-20-happiest-cities-via-instagram-2013-11">According to Business Insider</a>, Jetpac&nbsp;has been analyzing millions of photos uploaded to Instagram to uncover trends in the United States.</p> Thu, 05 Dec 2013 19:58:28 +0000 Briana O'Higgins 47875 at http://kcur.org Missouri Has The Happiest Cities, According To Instagram Get Out Your Camera, The Word Of The Year Is 'Selfie' http://kcur.org/post/get-out-your-camera-word-year-selfie <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The word of the year, according to Oxford Dictionaries, is&nbsp;</span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">selfie</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. The company announced the 2013 selection on Monday in a press release.</span></p><p>According to the release, <em>selfie</em> can be tracked to 2002, where it was used in an Australian online forum.</p><p>Oxford claims the word's linguistic productivity is already evident by numerous spin-offs, like <em>welfie</em> (workout selfie) and <em>drelfie</em> (drunk selfie).</p> Tue, 19 Nov 2013 00:00:00 +0000 Briana O'Higgins 47051 at http://kcur.org Get Out Your Camera, The Word Of The Year Is 'Selfie' Social Media Maelstrom: Is A Tweet Protected Speech? http://kcur.org/post/social-media-maelstrom-tweet-protected-speech <p>Should lawmakers withhold funding from the University of Kansas if the school doesn’t fire a professor over a highly controversial tweet? Professor David Guth blasted the National Rifle Association on Twitter in the wake of the Navy Yard shooting on Twitter, and now many are calling for accountability.</p><p>In the first part of Tuesday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, we discuss just how far employers can go when their employees make charged statements on social media. &nbsp;</p> Wed, 25 Sep 2013 15:45:54 +0000 Steve Kraske, Beth Lipoff & Cody Newill 44184 at http://kcur.org Social Media Maelstrom: Is A Tweet Protected Speech? Suicide And The Digital Afterlife http://kcur.org/post/suicide-and-digital-afterlife <p>Whenever a loved one dies, those left behind suffer for that loss, but when that loved one chose to take his or her <em>own</em> life, how do friends and family recover? &nbsp;In 2009 deaths from suicide surpassed those in motor vehicle accidents. There were more than&nbsp;30,000 that year.&nbsp; And in a society that lives much of its life online through social media, what happens to one’s digital self after suicide? Is it acceptable to “defriend the dead,” or is social media a good way for us to cope with the loss of our loved ones?</p> Tue, 27 Aug 2013 15:19:24 +0000 Sylvia Maria Gross, Matthew Long-Middleton & Ross Stinemetz 42642 at http://kcur.org Suicide And The Digital Afterlife Sexual Assault, Rape Culture And Missouri State Law http://kcur.org/post/sexual-assault-rape-culture-and-missouri-state-law <p></p><p><a href="http://kcur.org/post/why-was-maryville-rape-case-dropped">The Maryville rape case</a> leaves us with a lot of questions – the main one being: why was the case dropped? And, perhaps more importantly, why do similar cases keep happening all over the country?&nbsp;</p><p>For a better understanding of the issue, <em>KC Currents' </em>Susan Wilson talked with Dr. Kimberly Lonsway, Director of Research at End Violence Against Women International.</p><p><strong>INTERVIEW HIGHLIGHTS:</strong></p><p><em>On myths surrounding rape and sexual assault:</em></p> Wed, 07 Aug 2013 18:06:47 +0000 Susan B. Wilson & Monica Sandreczki 41520 at http://kcur.org K.C. To D.C., Driven By Social Media http://kcur.org/post/kc-dc-driven-social-media <p>The goal: Have at-risk students take an<strong> old rundown car, restore it </strong>and convert it to<strong> run on electric power </strong>then drive it from<strong> K.C. to D.C</strong>.&nbsp;&nbsp; If that's not enough, have it powered solely by social media interaction.</p><p></p><p> Tue, 28 May 2013 16:23:12 +0000 Steve Kraske & Danie Alexander 37481 at http://kcur.org K.C. To D.C., Driven By Social Media Kansas City Government Turns To Twitter http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-government-turns-twitter <p>Kansas City, Missouri residents now have another way to let the city know a street light is out or there is a pothole that needs to be filled—Twitter.&nbsp;</p><p>Just like when they call 311, residents will be given a case number when they tweet <a href="https://twitter.com/KCMO311">@KCMO311</a>, so they can track the progress of the request.&nbsp;</p><p>The city’s social media analyst Mark Van Baale says Twitter is becoming a more important way for cities to communicate with residents.</p> Tue, 19 Mar 2013 17:19:21 +0000 Maria Carter 33717 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Government Turns To Twitter A Text A Day Keeps The Doctor....In Touch? http://kcur.org/post/text-day-keeps-doctorin-touch <p>It’s easy to <strong>go online and try to diagnose yourself</strong> when you're sick, but <strong>what do doctors think</strong> about that?<br> Thu, 24 Jan 2013 00:00:00 +0000 Beth Lipoff, Steve Kraske & Stephen Steigman 30830 at http://kcur.org A Text A Day Keeps The Doctor....In Touch? A Compelling Argument for Quitting Facebook http://kcur.org/post/compelling-argument-quitting-facebook <p>On this <em><a href="http://kcur.org/programs/centralstandard">Central Standard</a>,</em> we speak with the man they call the Antichrist of Silicon Valley.</p><p> Mon, 09 Jul 2012 14:47:11 +0000 Andrea Silenzi & Jabulani Leffall 20699 at http://kcur.org A Compelling Argument for Quitting Facebook Social Media Trends & New African Art Curator http://kcur.org/post/social-media-trends-new-african-art-curator <p>On this Central Standard, meet the new quarter-time African Art curator at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Nii Quarcoopome. He’s seeing us on the side while staying in a committed relationship with the DIA in Detroit.</p> Wed, 22 Feb 2012 20:09:24 +0000 Andrea Silenzi & Jabulani Leffall 12955 at http://kcur.org Social Media Trends & New African Art Curator Forecasting Social Media for 2012 http://kcur.org/post/forecasting-social-media-2012 <p>Tweeting, Facebooking, Tumbling... What&#39;s next? Where is social media headed in 2012?</p><p>On Tuesday&#39;s <em><a href="http://kcur.org/programs/centralstandard">Central Standard</a></em>, we&#39;ll discuss social media in unique angles, for business, news and entertainment.</p><p> Tue, 03 Jan 2012 05:05:33 +0000 Tomeka Weatherspoon & Jabulani Leffall 10060 at http://kcur.org Forecasting Social Media for 2012