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The landscape of social media is filled with dire predictions and denunciations. Indeed, trolls abound. Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill decided to so in search on hope in this virtual reality.

creative commons

We are a awash in the age of social media, electronic connections that often overwhelm those of us who grew up in the simple age of television.

Delmarva Public Radio's Essayist George Merrill writes that his friends may all die before he can get out his first text.

Baltimore Orioles

Former Baltimore Orioles baseball Cal Ripken made a surprise visit to Pocomoke High school yesterday afternoon.

The visit was the result of a social media campaign a few months back trying to get the former players attention.

Ripken told WBOC that the effort was definitely creative noting that he had never been the object of such a campaign.

Besides baseball Ripken talked with the students about embracing life and change.

Jacob Glovier, who is a member of the Pocomoke baseball team, said Ripken was his childhood idol.


Dover Police Department Website

DOVER, Del. (AP) - Dover Police say shoplifting complains have dropped 19 percent in the four months since it started posting mug shots of people arrested for the crime online.

Officers also there were fewer than 1,000 shoplifting complaints made in 2014.

The department started posting mug shots of those arrested for shoplifting in August. The photos are posted weekly on the department's website and social media accounts.

Police had investigated an average of three shoplifting cases.

Essay: Room to Be

Dec 5, 2014
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In this high information world we live in, there is hardly room to think and breathe. Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill writes we need a place to contemplate and embrace life. For him, that place is the Eastern Shore.

The University of Maryland has installed metal detectors at entrances to the Student Services Center in response to concerns over social media chatter.

A message form the UMES police issued last night said that they were taking a proactive step to “dialogue detected on a social media site popular with college students. “

In addition, the university said students would be subject to questioning by campus authorities should the detectors be triggered.

There's a new app that taking college campuses by storm. It's called Yik Yak and it allows for anonymous posting that has delighted some students while others express some concerns. Delmarva Public Radio's Brenden Guin prepared this report.


A third teen has been arrested in the videotaped beatings of a 26-year old man who suffers from a neurodevelopmental disorder.

The incident took place in the Newark area.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that in the first beating the man is slammed to the ground, punched in the face and stomped on.

In a second location one of the attackers bumps him then the video cuts to an attacker holding the victim in the air at the shoulder height and slamming him into the ground.

Essay: Contemplation

Mar 28, 2014
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Amidst the noise of the modern world be it cable television, social media or just commercialism, it can be hard to find a moment for silent contemplation. Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill found it on a simple seashore.

BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler is planning to announce a social media privacy education campaign.

Gansler planned to announce the campaign Monday as part of his role as president of the National Association of Attorneys General. The attorney general says the consumer education campaign is being launched in cooperation with Facebook to help educate teens, parents and others about how to protect their privacy while using social media.