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Post-Authenticity and the Ironic Truths of Meme Culture
What I’ve sought to argue in this essay, then, is that we are indeed living in an a strange, surface-centric moment in popular, digital culture right now — where the original ‘essence of things’ has indeed become somewhat unfashionable (or just less entertaining). Social and media technologies, optimised for the diffusion of highly emotive, reaction-generating content, encourage a rapid trade in attention-grabbing ideas, over slower-burning systematic, contextualised thinking.

Yet, even as ‘authenticity’ as a claim and as an aesthetic feels outdated, deeper forms of ‘realness’ in our communications still persist. People are still seeking to communicate their deepest personal truths: their values, hopes and fears with each other. Through sharing media, we’re still creating community.

Nonetheless, the kind of truth in play is changing form: emotional and moral truths are in ascendance over straightforwardly factual claims. Truth becomes plural, and thereby highly contested: global warming, 9/11, or Obama’s birthplace are all treated as matters of cultural allegiance over ‘fact’ as traditionally understood. “By my reckoning, the solidly reality-based are a minority, maybe a third of us but almost certainly fewer than half,” Kurt Andersen posits. Electorates in the US and Europe are polarising along value-driven lines — order and authority vs. openness and change. Building the coalitions of support needed to tackle the grand challenges we face this century will require a profound upgrade to our political and cultural leaders’ empathic and reconciliation skills.
culture  memes  generations  branding  demographics  irony  teens  danah-boyd  politics  fake-news 
april 2018 by jbrennan
You Think You Want Media Literacy… Do You? – Data & Society: Points
Realizing that history is written by the winners shook me to my core. This is the power of education.
danah-boyd  media  media-literacy  education  medium 
march 2018 by yolandaenoch
Failing to See, Fueling Hatred. – Medium
Mocking and belittling people without understanding where they are coming from is no way to solve anything. Also good on how struggling and living standards are subject to local norms and perceptions.
danah-boyd  privelege  culture  politics  society 
march 2017 by mr_stru
Hacking the Attention Economy
Can't help feeling danah boyd is hitting the nail on the head here:
The Internet has long been used for gaslighting, and trolls have long targeted adversaries. What has shifted recently is the scale of the operation, the coordination of the attacks, and the strategic agenda of some of the players.
For many who are learning these techniques, it’s no longer simply about fun, nor is it even about the lulz. It has now become about acquiring power.
A new form of information manipulation is unfolding in front of our eyes. It is political. It is global. And it is populist in nature. The news media is being played like a fiddle, while decentralized networks of people are leveraging the ever-evolving networked tools around them to hack the attention economy.
danah-boyd  news  facebook  social-media  gaslighting  trolls  4chan  lulz  gamergate  fake-news 
january 2017 by jm
On the naming of danah michele boyd
So, i started researching where the capitalization of said pronoun came from and was quite stunned to find that it was always capitalized because it always appeared as the first word in a sentence, never stuck in the middle. And then, when it started appearing in the middle, it started getting capitalized out of convention and because people worried that it would get lost in script. Of course, "It's odd, and a little unsettling, to reflect upon the fact that English is the only major language in which "I" is capitalized; in many other languages "You" is capitalized and the "i" is lower case" (journalist Sydney J. Harris).
danah-boyd  names  punctuation  english 
march 2016 by jbrennan
Amazon.com: M. Simon's review of It's Complicated: The Social Lives of Netw...
Lots of great critique about danah’s book, including references to other books, too.

Some refs:

One cannot and should not talk about the public sphere without talking about forces of state and market. In "Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere"--a work cited by boyd as central for her conceptualization--Jurgen Habermas was aiming towards a "sociological attempt at clarification" of the meaning of "public," and quoted at length C. Wright Mills's Power Elite and William Whyte's Organization Man.

Also http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/film/generation-like/
book-review  criticism  teens  danah-boyd  reference  capitalism  social-networks 
march 2016 by jbrennan
danah boyd | apophenia » Guilt Through Algorithmic Association
"This is guilt through algorithmic association. And while this example is not a real case, I keep hearing about real cases. Cases where people are algorithmically associated with practices, organizations, and concepts that paint them in a problematic light even though there’s nothing on the web that associates them with that term. Cases where people are getting accused of affiliations that get produced by Google’s auto-complete. Reputation hits that stem from what people _search_ not what they _write_."
algorithms  search  algorithmic-association  danah-boyd 
may 2015 by jschneider
You Are Not a Digital Native: Privacy in the Age of the Internet
an open letter from Cory Doctorow to teen readers re privacy.

'The problem with being a “digital native” is that it transforms all of your screw-ups into revealed deep truths about how humans are supposed to use the Internet. So if you make mistakes with your Internet privacy, not only do the companies who set the stage for those mistakes (and profited from them) get off Scot-free, but everyone else who raises privacy concerns is dismissed out of hand. After all, if the “digital natives” supposedly don’t care about their privacy, then anyone who does is a laughable, dinosauric idiot, who isn’t Down With the Kids.'
children  privacy  kids  teens  digital-natives  surveillance  cory-doctorow  danah-boyd 
may 2014 by jm
"Transparency Is Not Enough."
In August, the Economist ran a series of articles on the "Unjust and ineffective" nature of American sex laws. They began the expose with the story of Wendy Whitaker who was arrested in 1996 at the age of 17 for having oral sex with a classmate three weeks shy of his 16th birthday. She was convicted of sodomy against a minor, ended up in jail for a year and is now listed on the registry. "She sees people whispering, and parents pulling their children indoors when she walks by." Not only did she have to pay the price for her teenage indiscretions by going to jail, but she's forced to deal with them day-in and day-out for the rest of her life. Because of the registry. I wish that I could say that Wendy's story was rare, but I hear stories like this over and over again. People's lives ruined because of the registry.
transparency  politics  community  data  danah-boyd 
september 2013 by jschneider

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