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websites, answered questions on live radio and TV shows and was interviewed by USA Today. “My favorite interviews usually involved teaching the reporters a cheer from our show and having them perform it live on air,” Corbeille says. Gaylord College Dean Joe Foote and his wife, Jody, saw Courtney in the show in 2012, and were able to go backstage afterward for a tour of the theater. “I was beyond happy when Dean Foote’s office contacted me about wanting to see Bring It On, Corbeille said. “I relayed the details, and next thing I knew, I was exchanging text messages with the dean of my college about when and where to meet them after the show. They really enjoyed it, and it made me feel so special that they took time out of their busy New York City trip to support a former student. The Footes also hosted a young alumni dinner for several of us in [New York], which also showed us how much they valued us as journalism school graduates!” One of the most important aspects of Gaylord College is that students can use their majors in multifaceted ways, and Corbeille is one of many examples. She never dreamed she could be on Broadway. “Courtney is so representative of the kind of person who stands out because of her particular skills,” Dean Foote says. “Her attitude and being an Ambassador gave her a tremendous bump in confidence, and she launched right into a musical audition and was successful. The day I saw her was the night before she was in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade performing on national television, and she was just here at OU a couple of years ago. It’s remarkable.” Corbeille also met and conversed with many celebrities who came to the show during the tour and on Broadway. Her favorites include President George H.W. Bush, Tyra Banks, Kristin Chenoweth, Rosie O’Donnell, Harrison Ford and Paula Abdul. “I feel accomplished but I know that Broadway will not be my peak,” Corbeille says. “I may not have a more fame-worthy or glamorous profession, but I do hope to keep moving upward in my career path. I am excited to be able to go back to my journalism roots and hopefully put those skills to use in the near future. Before Broadway, I wanted to cover sports exclusively, but with my national travel and entertainment experience, I am hoping to expand my journalism vocabulary to include coverage of entertainment, lifestyle, leisure, food, culture and travel!”


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exactly what is protected by it. In short, you lose your Fourth Amendment protection when you relinquish your own private information to a third party. Amazingly, as was discussed, the police are immune to many protections against third-party violations. The police are allowed to invade our privacy as long as they don’t invade personal space. Morozov spoke about how technology has the ability to influence our behavior, and not always to our liking. “There is something that is happening in the macro-social societal level that makes the problem of privacy very hard to solve,” Morozov said. “And it has not so much to do with government intrusion into our affairs. It has to do with the fact that there are certain incentives now built into how we live and how we interact with social and public institutions.” Morozov also spoke about how sensors are being built into so many items that we use, such as umbrellas that tell us when it will rain, or shoes that alert us when they are wearing out. He also mentioned a prototype for a smart trash bin, which has a smartphone in its lid. “The smartphone snaps a photo, uploads it to a site where hundreds of people assess whether you’ve thrown something away according to the recycling rules or whether you have violated [them],” he said. “Then the photos are uploaded to Facebook and all your friends know what you have just done. So it’s possible for designers to influence what you do and to build new types of peer pressure. So you would be forced or incentivized to recycle because your friends can see what you are doing.” It is in this vein that Morozov feels privacy is being seriously violated. While the symposium was certainly considered an informative discussion of privacy in the modern age, some darker conclusions were drawn. The Internet is not a privacy safe zone. Indeed the Internet is the No. 1 violator of our privacy, with Facebook leading the charge. “The reason Facebook is free is because [it has] found a way to monetize your information, to take advantage of your privacy,” Henderson said. It seems that we are often giving away personal information online that we do not realize will become public. College students make up a large population of those who are unaware that they’re essentially being robbed of their privacy. “The thing that students care about the most is that the Internet is free,” said Joe Foote, dean of Gaylord College. “As long as it’s free, they’re happy. It may be free, but they’re extracting your privacy. It’s an issue we need to be very vigilant about. If students want to give away their privacy, that’s their own business. But they at least ought to know that they’re doing it.” Privacy may seem like a thing of the past, but it’s up to each of us to make it a part of our future. Ryan Blackburn is an advertising alumnus from Norman, Okla. He also is a diehard Boston Red Sox fan.

Haley Arias is a sophomore journalism major from Fort Worth, Texas, who would love to work at a magazine in New York City. 61

Pulse 2013  

Alumni magazine of the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Oklahoma.