Digital Identities: Six Key Selves of Networked Publics | the theoryblog
I am interested in what we do that makes us who we are in social media spaces, thus my concept of digital identity is practice-based. At the same time, I see identity as a lens through which we can examine the potentialities specific to social networks. I use the concept of identity to explore what it is that social software makes possible in practice.
identity  self  socialmedia  rheingold 
11 hours ago
Tower of Song | the theoryblog
Junior scholars and grad students and contingent academics can create forms of visibility and legitimacy within the blurred space between media and institutional scholarship that do not match their institutional status, or lack thereof.
profession  twitter  academia  identity 
11 hours ago
How Reporting and Moderation On Social Media is Failing Marginalized Groups by Donyae Coles | Model View Culture (August 2016)
To get better, platforms must also address how user-generated reports are often weaponized against people of color. Although there’s nothing that can be done about the sheer numbers of majority-White users on platforms, better, clearer policy that helps them question their own bias would likely stop many reports from being generated in the first place. It may also help to implement more controls that would stop targeted mass-reporting of pages and communities by and for marginalized people.
twitter  activism  moderation  racism  violence  facebook  harassment  bias 
15 days ago
The Great LOLCat Massacre | Public Books
“Cats give you moments of delight surrounded by years of indifference,” he said. “And that is the quintessential experience of the internet. The internet manages periodically to be fascinating and insightful, but most of the time it’s terrible.”
memes  lolcats  internet-culture 
15 days ago
These charts show exactly how racist and radical the alt-right has gotten this year - The Washington Post
Incidentally, jihadist extremists provide a telling model for exactly how online “chatter” can turn into physical violence. That process, in which seemingly normal people become intoxicated with extremist ideology, is often referred to as the “path to radicalization,” and it is characterized by common vulnerabilities: Potential extremists feel ostracized from society, believe themselves to be victimized and are attracted to violence. Islamic State recruiters and propagandists exploit these vulnerabilities with narratives of strength and warmth, simultaneously empathizing with the alienated and disaffected while also promising power and belonging through righteous violence against oppressors.
racism  twitter  virtualcommunity  politics  socialnetworking  networks  election  infographic 
17 days ago
Sexual assault in Japan: 'Every girl was a victim' | International Women's Day | Al Jazeera
Apart from making the badges more widely available, Matsunaga also wants offenders to see them and think: "The world is changing, some people have started talking about it."
design  sexualviolence  socialchange  japan 
5 weeks ago
Online Harassment & The Internet Experiment - The Illusion of MoreThe Illusion of More
the belief that cyberspace remains some magical realms beyond the normal boundaries of society continues to delay rational discourse on any number of problems specifically caused or exacerbated by the technology.
harassment  trolling  4chan  internet 
6 weeks ago
The role of memes in misinformation and shaping online and offline conversations | Media news
The 2016 US election has been dubbed as "the meme election", with some people saying they "memed [Trump] into the presidency", Wardle said, so it is important to look at the role they play in misinformation too.
election  memes  cw2017 
6 weeks ago
The awesome power of deep interests. | Gina Bianchini | Pulse | LinkedIn
But Facebook Groups make all of these things harder than they should be in 2017. Mark Zuckerberg’s recent Manifesto aside, Facebook's goal is to keep you coming back to Facebook with updates from people you know, not make new, meaningful connections with new people you don’t.
facebook  networks  community  filterbubble  socialnetworking  virtualcommunity 
7 weeks ago
How the Republicans Sold Your Privacy to Internet Providers - The New York Times
To my Democratic colleagues and me, the digital tracks that a consumer leaves when using a network are the property of that consumer. They contain private information about personal preferences, health problems and financial matters.
privacy  internet  law  data 
7 weeks ago
How Technology Led a Hospital To Give a Patient 38 Times His Dosage
Of course, it was natural for doctors, nurses and pharmacists to expect that, once computers entered our complex, chaotic and often dangerous world, they would make things better. After all, in our off-duty lives we are so thoroughly used to taking out our iPhones, downloading an app, and off we go.
healthcare  ux  interface  medical  usability  design 
7 weeks ago
Why Care About Design? - The Industry
We don’t get excited about half-assing things. We get excited about creating things that are well-considered and thoughtful.
ux  interface  design  usability 
7 weeks ago
Trolling Scholars Debunk the Idea That the Alt-Right’s Shitposters Have Magic Powers - Motherboard
It is certainly true that the alt-right's pro-Trump "shitposting"—the act of flooding social media with memes and commentary designed to bolster their "God Emperor" Trump—raised the public visibility of the alt-right and its memetic handiwork.
4chan  election  trolling  conservatism  memes 
9 weeks ago
Flashback: The People's Net - Rushkoff (2001)
There was a whole new world out there, unlimited by the constraints of time and space, appearance and prejudice, gender and power.
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Now that the Internet’s role in business has faded into the background, the many great applications developed to make our lives better are taking center stage. They are compelling, and surpass some of our wildest dreams of what the Internet might someday achieve. ... have a look at Blogger. It’s not just a Web site; it’s also a set of publishing tools that allows even a novice to create a Weblog, automatically add content to a Web site, or organize links, commentary, and open discussions. In the short time Blogger has been available, it has fostered an interconnected community of tens of thousands of users. These people don’t simply surf the Web; they are now empowered to create it.
1990s  internet  participation  democracy  blogs  cyberspace  web2.0 
10 weeks ago
The Years In Retrospect: How Photoshop Has Shaped The World Of Graphic Design | The Huffington Post
Soon enough, people realized that Photoshop could be used to manipulate any kind of graphic content to make the impossible seem possible. Eventually, the word Photoshop became almost synonymous with all things fake and modified, pictures, places and even people.
photoshop  fakenews  hoaxes  photography 
10 weeks ago
Material Literacy and Visual Design (lester faigley 1999)
Thousands of teenagers now have personal Web pages, many of which display the multimedia capabilities of the Web.
1990s  webdesign  design  visualrhetoric  internet  rhetoric 
10 weeks ago
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