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Editors Respond to Our Mroth78 Post

A week ago, we published Michael Roth’s “What do I do” tweet minutes after it was posted. We did so because it represents something that traveled rapidly around campus, and we found humor in the fact that something like this could happen. At that moment it felt crazy that we were seeing this on the public Twitter account of our president. All sorts of theories and ideas were flying around the room, was it an accident? Maybe it was on purpose?  How do you accidentally send a tweet?

We watched Twitter very closely from the moment the tweet was posted, and with every new reply to Roth’s tweet, there was something new to chuckle at or think about. It took the better part of half an hour for the tweet to finally be deleted with an explanation from Roth himself.


Since Sunday, the editors of Wesleying have thought deeply about our publication’s role in this situation. We don’t all agree, so we decided to publicly share some of our insights to offer a transparent view on why we did what we did, and what that means for Wesleying as a blog. Read on for these perspectives:

Unofficial Orientation Series 2018: WesTech

This is fakeshark‘s update of wilk‘s update of michelle‘s update of kitab‘s update of alt‘s update of pyrotechnics‘ update of lesanjuan‘s update of Syed’s 2010 post.

Before we begin, here’s where you can find the welcome post (so that you can binge read from the beginning), and here’s where you can find last year’s edition of this post.

Hello, and welcome to the 8th annual edition of the Unofficial Orientation Series. In today’s episode, we’ll be discussing everything you need to know about the World Wide Web (and all things affiliated with it). Actually, we’ll be discussing everything you need to know about the Wes Wide Web. If you’ve reached this far, you’ve proved your competence in terms of navigating through some of Wesleyan’s digital landscape. But, my dear Prefrosh, there’s so much you have to learn. That’s where I come in – I’m going to teach you about the finer things in life, and all things in the WesTech multiverse.

Unofficial Orientation 2018: Social Media Directory

This is a repost of a repost Wilk’s updated repost of caro‘s aggregation station social media directory that Gabe originally made. If you want your!! social media up here, hit us up staff[at]wesleying[dot]org

These kids aren't being ironic enough on their instagram probably. Do they even go to Wes jfc

Ya if you try to take a photo like this, pls just leave campus. there’s not a single nalgene in sight, and wtf is that plain-ass skateboard?

This is part of our 2018 Unofficial Orientation Series. A quick reminder that you can check out the welcome post here and past years’ series here.

At some point in your career at Wesleyan, The Argus just won’t come out soon enough or—heaven forbid—Wesleying won’t update quick enough for you to get some vital update or piece of news. Luckily for all of us, the fine people in charge of and around Wesleyan University are on top of this social media wagon, and sometimes, Facebook pages and Twitter feeds are your best shot for up-to-the-minute information. But even beyond the immediate, some of these pages and feeds, run by the departments or by student groups or even by anonymous individuals, can be interesting, thought-provoking, hilarious, and full of discussions, tips, commentary, and quips that will enrich your experience here. Or at the very least, give you a cheap laugh.

Here’s an updated collection of the essential (and currently active) social media accounts, as well as some of Wesleying’s personal favorites. This list isn’t complete, and new accounts are being created every year. Like, does Summies really need a parody Twitter? Chime in once again for things you think were passed over, because the official school-approved list (which doesn’t even include Wesleying) just won’t suffice. There are also individual Twitter feeds (both student and alumni) you’ll find useful to follow, but you’re on your own for discovering those. Nobody uses Pinterest, so don’t bother looking.

Original Content Makers Must Seize the Memes of Production

We’re in a tough spot. Our age group has to deal with a melting planet, a thriving possum population, and a plethora of potential employers that expect us to know how to use Excel. That sucks for us sassy NESCAC kids. In spite of these obstacles, there is supposed to be a light in the dark, a city upon a hill, a beautiful beacon of hope: memes.

But, alas, Wesleyan’s meme culture is less than ideal. I would call it bad.

Unofficial Orientation Series 2017: WesTech

This is an update of michelle‘s update of kitab‘s update of alt‘s update of pyrotechnics‘ update of lesanjuan‘s update of Syed’s 2010 post.

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This is part of our 2017 Unofficial Orientation Series. A quick reminder that you can check out the welcome post here and past years’ series here.

Welcome to the internet, dear prefrosh. We’re so glad you came.

You have already proven that you have some knowledge of how to navigate the digital multiverse (delete your WesAdmits bio before you get to campus, trust me), but there’s a lot to learn when it comes to figuring out the digital landscape here at Wesleyan. Rest assured, I’m gonna try to demystify the finer points of all things technology at Wes.

The first thing you should know: WesTech. It refers to the kindly people who provide “technical services and support to all faculty, staff and students,” you might think. No, that’s ITS and how they describe themselves. Here’s what a previous WesLingo post says about WesTech:

WesTech is a word that will pop up every once in a while (via the ACB): “WesTech refers to everyone not DKE/Beta* or mostly the ‘very Wesleyan’ population. It comes from the idea that Wesleyan has unattractive girls and bad sports and thus might as well be a technical school: WesTech.” Apparently, however, this is a term used mainly by other schools to make fun of Wesleyan, and has been appropriated by the sports teams as a label of pride (sports teams doing the ironic appropriation? Only at Wesleyan). A Techie was a term generally used by athletes to describe a “typical” Wesleyan student (artsy), or a “Techie.”

Now that you know what it means, this is required viewing: WesTech State of Mind.

If you’re confused, don’t worry: I’ve never heard anyone use the term WesTech, which probably means I’m a techie. Huh. Anyway, for instructions on how to be technologically savvy at Wes, read on.

Unofficial Orientation Series ’14: WesTech

This is an update of pyrotechnic‘s update of lesanjuan‘s update of Syed’s 2010 post.

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I’m not sure I can survive without access to the web or my phone, so the first thing that you’ll probably do after moving your stuff into your dorm is to connect your phone/tablet/computer/laptop/other gizmo to the internet. Here’s some info for you on how to do that, and other tech things on campus.

The first thing you should know: WesTech. It refers to the kindly people who provide “technical services and support to all faculty, staff and students,” you might think. No, that’s ITS and how they describe themselves. Here’s what a previous WesLingo post says about WesTech:

WesTech is a word that will pop up every once in a while (via the ACB): “WesTech refers to everyone not DKE/Beta or mostly the ‘very Wesleyan’ population. It comes from the idea that Wesleyan has unattractive girls and bad sports and thus might as well be a technical school: WesTech.” Apparently, however, this is a term used mainly by other schools to make fun of Wesleyan, and has been appropriated by the sports teams as a label of pride (sports teams doing the ironic appropriation? Only at Wesleyan). A Techie was a term generally used by athletes to describe a “typical” Wesleyan student (artsy), or a “Techie.”

Now that you know what it means, this is required viewing: WesTech State of Mind.

Of course, we’re not really going to talk about that much (or at all after this). This is a how-to about Tech(nology).

COL370’s Runawayct.org Site Launch

From the students of COL 370:

Joseph Yannielli’s Digital Humanities class (COL370) is pleased to announce the  launch of Runawayct.org this Thursday, May 15 at 1:10pm in 41 Wyllys Rm.113. Runawayct.org is a digital humanities resource for the study of runaway slaves in Connecticut, conceived and executed by the students of COL370. The site provides free access to a searchable database of runaway slave ads published in the Connecticut Courant, accompanied by scholarly content providing context and insight into slavery-era Connecticut. Runawayct.org also provides interactive features for an enriched and engaging user experience, including a maps feature for geographic visualization of data on runaways. The project is intended for use in independent research and as an educational resource to be used by Connecticut area educators in US History classes and the like.

Refreshments will be provided by the department. We’d love to see you at the launch!

Date: Thursday, May 15
Time: 1:10 p.m.
Place: 41 Wyllys Rm.113

WesKids in the Blogosphere

all drawings from Jason Katzenstein '13's blog, Literally Drawn Lyrics

drawings by Hannah Baker and Jason Katzenstein [all drawings from Katzenstein ’13’s blog, Literally Drawn Lyrics]

You may not have known but probably expected that some of our brilliant peers are killing it in the online realm. Once upon a while ago, frostedmoose did a post on some Gov professors in the blogosphere. Abrogs have gotten attention. But this doesn’t even begin to cover it. I compiled a list of some of the more well-known bloggers among us– complete with blurbs from the bloggers themselves! You’re missing some QUALITY bloggin’ if you haven’t checked these girls (see what I did there?) out:

Procrastination Destination: Don’t Miss that Connection!

Seen someone on campus wearing the most flattering parka? A friend bring a smile to your face when you really needed it? Crushing on that special somebody but don’t see them around much? Good news, everyone! There’s a site for that.

Up and Coming

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Springing up sometime over the Thanksgiving break, the I Saw You phenomenon has finally reached Wesleyan! Great for those who have not partaken of the Zuckerberg Kool-Aid and less depressing/trolltastic than the ACB, “I saw you Wesleyan” allows you the option of posting about a missed connection, ranting about your crush, complimenting strangers, and even e-mailing the site’s manager if you think a post is about you.

Straight from the front page:

Ever shared a moment with a stranger.. but never acted upon it? Post a missed connection! because you never know. and nothing will ever happen until you try.

Check out Harvard’s I Saw You, and MIT’s. Brings to mind “real world” missed connections sites like Craigslist, for which there is also a comic book (coincidentally named, “I Saw You…”).

Going Strong

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Since 2012, Wes Compliments has been making the young folk of Wesleyan go “aww” and “oh my!” with good vibes every few days, crowned Wesleying’s “Feel Good Facebook Profile of the Year” for 2012. Keep up the good stuff, you covert complimenters. Now with over 2,300 friends, straight from their Facebook description:

This is a social project that was originally started by students at Queen’s University and is also experiencing growing success with Ryerson University, Wilfred Laurier University and Washington University in St Louis. With their success, we’re hoping to spread the joy to the Wesleyan campus. Simply send us a compliment for someone in the Wesleyan community and have it published here anonymously. Your name will be kept anonymous. Keep in mind that hateful or rude remarks will be completely disregarded. Spread Happiness!

[Liveblog]: Reddit’s Alexis Ohanian in Beckham

If you haven’t heard already, the “mayor of the Internet,” a.k.a reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian is at Wesleyan today.

His itinerary:

11:15 a.m.    Arrive at Wesleyan and join Professor Greg Goldberg’s “Media and Society” class already in progress

12 p.m.          “Without Their Permission” talk and booksigning with Peter Frank ’12 of Texts.com (details here)

2 p.m.             Meeting with student programmer group and student entrepreneurs Exley 139

3 p.m.             Depart Wesleyan

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There are a bunch of questions for Ohanian on the Wesleyen subreddit, some selected ones here:

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From the Argus: Some people would say the internet is the most powerful means of doing good the world has ever seen, and that it can bring people together to solve seemingly intractable problems. It does, however, have its downside–one notable example would be the Boston Marathon bombing manhunt, during which a group of Redditors identified the wrong suspect, causing widespread panic and hindering the investigation. What are the limitations and risks of harnessing the power of the internet for problem-solving, and how can they be best addressed?

From the classic ‘wes anon’:

Can you talk about anonymity on the internet? Specifically, how does one foster a community that is anonymous and not have it overrun by things like bullying or racist language (this is one of the things I hate most about reddit, to be honest, even though I love certain parts of the site). Is there a solution?

If you didn’t get a ticket to the event, you can check out our liveblog below: