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Cyberpunk

Cyberpunk

Tommy McKenna, Blogger

May 23, 2017


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For one of my last blog posts before the end of the year, I want to talk about a genre of science fiction that has truly captured my interest but nonetheless remains relatively unknown to anyone who doesn’t binge-consume science fiction like I do. Cyberpunk is a genre that describes a subset of futu...

Rare currency

Rare currency

Tommy McKenna, Blogger

May 8, 2017


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One of the things I like to do in my spare time is collect foreign or exotic currency. From absurdly large bills for defunct currencies to the more obscure American denominations, I’ve spent countless hours poring over old coins, many of which have been made obsolete by the euro or are from countri...

Corporate failures

Corporate failures

Tommy McKenna, Blogger

May 1, 2017


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Whenever a company tries to dip their feet into the water by appealing to the much-coveted millennial generation, the results can be incredibly cringe-inducing. Even worse is when companies make an ad that causes public outrage; this is especially relevant concerning the Pepsi protest ad debacle. The m...

Unappreciated Sci-Fi

Unappreciated Sci-Fi

Tommy McKenna, Blogger

April 20, 2017


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What is perhaps the greatest feature of the internet is its ability to allow artists and writers to publish their work with very little money or effort expended. This is both a blessing and a curse; for every great short story or even full length novel, there are perhaps thousands upon thousands of poo...

A history of online politics

A history of online politics

Tommy McKenna, Blogger

April 6, 2017


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This isn't really an obscure topic so much as it requires obscure knowledge, so here goes. It was inevitable that the political firestorm since the beginning of the 2016 election would spill over into the Internet, but what people don't really realize is how fractured social media already is. When H...

Insect enthusiasts

Insect enthusiasts

Tommy McKenna, Blogger

March 28, 2017


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Most people don’t like insects, spiders, or really anything that is hairy and has too many legs for its own good. Many people would likely scream and try to squash any such creature that dared to cross one’s path or enter one’s home. Therefore, it’s only natural that a subculture devoted to ke...

Amatuer “detectives”

Amatuer “detectives”

Tommy McKenna, Blogger

March 7, 2017


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Perhaps the internet’s most potent feature is its ability to gather and concentrate collective information and efforts. From the good (like charity donations and online activism) to the bad (like witch hunts and hacking), online “research” occupies a sort of gray area that bleeds over into the ...

Stealth marketing

Stealth marketing

Tommy McKenna, Blogger

February 28, 2017


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There are only a few marketing strategies that I would say are not yet known to the general public. Generally, these strategies are known as “stealth marketing”; which basically means unconventional and subtle campaigns that advertise without the potential consumer knowing it. Naturally, such an ...

Common operations

Common operations

Tommy McKenna, Blogger

February 24, 2017


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Every so often, there’s an online plot that lurches into the mainstream. Usually, these are simple pranks (via vote manipulation, for example) on online contests. Sites like 4chan occasionally have posts directing others to go to a site and vote on x  (usually on some obscene or otherwise wildly off...

Bizzare animations

Bizzare animations

Tommy McKenna, Blogger

February 20, 2017


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It is my firm belief that some images should never have seen the light of day. This is not for a lack of appreciation for “art” (no matter how loosely that is defined), but more a commentary on work that is meant to shock or appeal to our more absurdist tendencies. Ever since when Flash was the ...

Preppers

Preppers

Tommy McKenna, Blogger

February 8, 2017


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In my time exploring the many, many bizarre subcultures there are to see both online and in real life, few have been as economically lucrative as the “prepper” niche. From poorly designed websites to street preachers, preppers believe that the end of the world is nigh. The world is ending, drop any a...

Conspiracy theories

Conspiracy theories

Tommy McKenna, Blogger

February 1, 2017


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Surface level conspiracy theories are like bad 50s sci fi. Sure, it can be entertaining to watch “professors” explain how aliens built the pyramids, and it is interesting watching people piece random events into some bizarre mythos. There are the common conspiracies (government did 9/11, CIA kille...

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