Friday, March 28, 2014

Astonishing! Miffed mom uses Facebook to get revenge

rebecca kempe Global Campus1She got fed up — and what she did next may change your life forever.

It started with an online headline, like this real life example: “You Won’t Believe What’s Buried In This Mountain. Seriously, You Won’t.”

Click-bait, thought Rebecca Kempe, I hate click-bait. She went possibly ballistic, and her head may have exploded. So she did something that was literally priceless. She created a Facebook page that shows both the enticing headline and the more mundane truth.

So, what was buried in that mountain? “An underground seed store so we won’t starve to death after the apocalypse,” she revealed on her Clickbait Spoilers page.

And what’s the reality behind “Insane New App Will Allow You To Read Novels In Under 90 Minutes”? Rebecca’s spoiler: “They've come up with a new font they are saying better reaches where your eyes go as they read a page.”

Will my mind be truly blown by “Powerful Video Will Change How You Parent In 60 Seconds”? Spoiler: “The video, created by True Activist, shows kids mimicking common adult behavior — smoking, littering, yelling at other drivers.”

“I try to be socially conscious and dislike manipulation in general,” said the Renton, Wash., resident and mother of three. “Maybe spoiling links is just a tiny rebellion against something I feel has gone too far.”

Rebecca spent 13 years at MSN, and witnessed the transition of headlines from succinct facts to provocative puffery. But what finally transformed her into a click-bait crusader? These top three reasons:

  • Her husband is a librarian—“citing sources is serious business around here,” she said.
  • She’s an online student at Washington State University’s Global Campus. “I’ve definitely been inspired by my courses,” said Rebecca, who's majoring in Social Sciences. “My critical thinking and writing skills have improved. I understand more about the impacts of consumerism, capitalism, and corporatism.”
  • She’s a DJ and aspiring music producer, and thinks artists are ripped off when their work is reposted. The only way to get the attention of click-baiters, she says, is to cut their profits. “With the Internet, we can do that from home in our pajamas after the kids are in bed,” she said.

For a heart-warming look at Rebecca’s one-woman war against the click-baiters, just click this link: You may never be the same.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Top 10 ranking for Global Campus

award clip fieldcrop     The WSU Global Campus has made another top 10 list, this time from The Best Schools. The ranking is based on three criteria: Academic excellence, return on investment, and incidental benefit.
     The criteria reflect what we believe are the top three attributes we offer our students: Excellent faculty, personal service and a diploma backed by a century-long record of success.
     The ranking follows other recent accolades, including:

Friday, March 14, 2014

Dream realized, then reconsidered

Despite more than 20 surgeries and 14 years of chronic back pain, A.J. Korba realized her dream of being a writer. She wrote a novel, and had it published.

Then she reread it. It wasn’t good.

“All those years of being focused on my condition—either planning surgery or having surgery or recovering surgery—something had to give,” she said. “Apparently what gave were some basic rules of writing.”

She decided she needed a refresher. The Mason County, Wash., resident enrolled at Olympic College, then transferred to WSU Global Campus. She’s majoring in humanities, with concentrations in English and sociology, and will graduate in May. “I think I’ve taken almost every upper level English course at the Global Campus,” she said.

She chose WSU Global Campus because of its reputation, she said. Now that she’s enrolled, she doesn’t want to leave. “It fits well with my life,” she said.

More...Korba shares her appreciation of college by bringing her two adult nephews to Global Campus gatherings, such as the recent Tacoma Rendezvous. “I don’t want them to discount school,” she said, because of bad information from friends, TV ads and news stories. “I want their choices to be informed choices.”

Korba’s disability resulted from two injuries in her 20s. She can’t sit for long periods—“I do my homework in a recliner”—yet she’s racked up an remarkable list of accomplishments. She was both a Phi Theta Kappa member and a President’s Scholar at Olympic College. She has a 3.95 GPA at the Global Campus, is on the WSU President’s Honor Roll, and has won scholarships from the Seattle Foundation and ASWSU Global, the online student government.

“What I lack in physical ability,” she said, “I make up for in determination, resourcefulness and perseverance.”