Darren Kavinoky with popular Periscope personality Alexa Carlin

The Digital Haves and Have Nots

The Digital Age conundrum: “How Will We Connect The Next Billion People?” [] by Nadine Freischlad on references the UN’s estimate that more than half the world is currently offline. In Indonesia from where Freischlad writes the article, she reports, “To counter this, the government introduced a national broadband plan which aims for improved connectivity for all…
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February 19, 2016 0
"Digital Media Still Relies On Me" by Nicole Hanratty (author headshot)

Media Overload: Nowhere to Run, No Place to Hide

This week in my Digital Communications class I had to fess up to the amount of digital media I consumed on any one given day. Bless my digitized eyeballs, the basic finding was every waking moment. On a Saturday. A day off. Which as it turns out, was really a day on.   But I…
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February 12, 2016 0

3 Cool Apps That Will Rock Your World

  Whether it’s Yelp, BeMe, Peach, or my three favorites: FireChat, Evernote, and Postmates, cool apps can change your world. In the digital age of communication, social media apps are constantly revolutionizing the way we interact. Usually free to download, most new apps are not reinventing the wheel. But the good ones make the ride…
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February 5, 2016 0
Flavor Flav, Coolio, Wade Martin, Katy Cappella, Nicole Hanratty

5 Reasons There’s No Nirvana On The Internet

My digital communications class had a 90s theme this week and–no real surprise here–I showed up with my NIRVANA “With The Lights Out” four disc edition which I refuse to actually open up and play.   I keep the coveted collection hermetically sealed by the plastic wrap that it came in as if to preserve…
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January 29, 2016 0
"Digital Media Still Relies On Me" by Nicole Hanratty (author headshot)

Digital Media Still Relies On Me

While digital media allows me to access TV shows, music, movies and more, making it almost effortless to enjoy art and culture, the technology itself is limited. It can describe and summarize the programming, store it, recall it, play it, label it, categorize or genre cast it, and even make suggestions to me based on…
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January 21, 2016 0
Fall leaves by Nicole Hanratty

Catcher In The Rye and Identity in Media

“Growing Up on Holden Caulfield” by Journalist, Nicole Hanratty* The Catcher In The Rye by J.D. Salinger was the single most influential piece of media on my teenage youth and has stood the test of time as the literary work to which I feel most connected. This is not to say that witnessing the evolution…
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January 16, 2016 0

$1 Million Raised at Mattel Party on the Pier

  <h2>Public Outreach</h2> By Nicole Hanratty Sunday, September 27, 2015–Santa Monica, CA–Over $1 million dollars was raised at Mattel Party on the Pier benefitting UCLA Children’s Hospital held last Sunday, September 27th at the iconic Southern California Santa Monica Pier. The event, now in it’s 16th year, is an important fundraiser for Mattel Children’s Hospital…
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October 2, 2015 0
Nicole Hanratty / Special Olympics World Games Gymnastics

100 Moments to Remember inside Gymnastics at Special Olympics World Games 2015

(Photo above: Great Britain athlete high-fives the Special Olympics team running the gymnastics event after her event performance at Special Olympics World Games 2015 at UCLA.)   <h2>Public Outreach</h2> by Nicole Hanratty Los Angeles proved it is a city filled with angels hosting what is reported to be the largest humanitarian event in 2015. The…
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September 1, 2015 0
Martin Garrix Nicole Hanratty interview at Coachella

Martin Garrix is a Happy Surprise: Exclusive Coachella Interview

(Martin Garrix sits down with Nicole Hanratty for in the Media tent at Coachella. Saturday, April 12, 2014. Photo credit Jake Gould.) Interview by Journalist, Nicole Hanratty Sitting down to chat with the hottest new artist in EDM, Martin Garrix, can only be described as akin to having an out of body experience. His…
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April 21, 2014 0
Passenger interview with Nicole Hanratty

Passenger Interview “All The Little Lights” and Concert Tour with Ed Sheeran

Interview by Journalist, Nicole Hanratty Friday, September 21, 2012* Via telephone   Nicole: Hi Mike, it’s Nicole. Mike: Hello. Nicole: How are you? Mike: I’m very good, thanks. How are you doing? Nicole: Great. Thanks for letting me call you …I see that “All The Little Lights” hit number three on the Canadian iTunes Singer/Songwriter…
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September 21, 2012 0