While social media platforms like Facebook use algorithms to push users towards people and groups that share the same ideas and beliefs, a new platform co-created by a University of South Florida alum encourages communication between people of different mindsets.
"It's breaks you out of that echo chamber, that bubble," said Will Cohen, one of the brains behind the website Bridges. "You're actually able to connect with others and experience other different forms of opinions and ideologies."
WUSF's Mark Schreiner reports that USF placed the director of the Zimmerman School of Advertising and Mass Communications on leave this week following questions about improper relationships he had with a number of students at his former job.
UPDATED 3/25 at 6 P.M. with statement from Zimmerman School.
University Beat report on the renaming of the USF Zimmerman School of Advertising and Mass Communications and the issues that the new name raises.
For the fourth time since last September, the University of South Florida has renamed one of its schools after receiving a gift of at least ten million dollars. But unlike the last three, this time it’s not a business school, but the School of Mass Communications that’s being "rebranded."
"There’s no better time than today to make the gift towards education, make the gift to give back to others, make the gift of forward education and make the gift to build the number one advertising communications school in the world," he said at a celebration outside the school.
It's yet another multimillion dollar donation and corresponding name change for a University of South Florida school. But this one's a little bit different.
The amount of the donation -- $10 million -- is the same as two of the three previous gifts, and the giver is a USF graduate, also like two of the previous donors. This time, however, the recipient isn't a USF business school.