May the Odds Be Ever In Your Favor

21 Mar

The Hunger Games and Social Media

This past Christmas, one of the presents I got was the Hunger Games trilogy. I had seen the trailer on television a couple of months earlier, and had to see what all of the buzz was about. I started reading the first one, and could not stop until I had read the last page of “Mockingjay,” the third book. I immediately could not wait to see the movie adaption of the film, which is actually coming out this Friday, March 23.

So what does this little anecdote have to do with social media? In #NewhouseSM4 today, Oliver Starr (@OWStarr) – Chief Evangelist for Pearltrees – was our guest speaker. I was excited because I wanted to learn more about Pearltrees, a social media platform that was new to me and had left me dumbfounded after a couple of uses. To anyone that is unfamiliar with Pearltrees, it is a curation tool that presents “pearled” material in a web-like structure, instead of the linear and boring drop-down bookmark menu.

Anyway, in class,  Oliver had us simultaneously create a Pearltree about the Hunger Games. When he asked our class who knew of the Hunger Games, the majority of girls raised their hands (not surprising). We got to all grab links about the Hunger Games from the internet and work together to organize them. It was a bit glitchy at times – Oliver said this was probably because Pearltrees had never experienced so many users curating information together at the same time. I was glad to be apart 0f a Pearltrees experiment and have the chance to read so many articles about the Hunger Games!

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