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An Apology for the Internet — From the People Who Built It
Noah Kulwin, in NY Magazine: "If the tech industry likes to assume the trappings of a religion, complete with a quasi-messianic story of progress, the Church of Tech is now giving rise to a new sect of apostates, feverishly confessing their own sins. And the internet’s original sin, as these programmers and investors and CEOs make clear, was its business model."
nymag  internet  history  technology  addiction  socialmedia  internetculture 
may 2018 by warnick
I Don’t Know How to Waste Time on the Internet Anymore
Dan Nosowitz: "What happened is that the internet stopped being something you went to in order to separate from the real world — from your job and your work and your obligations and responsibilities. It’s not the place you seek to waste time, but the place you go to so that you’ll someday have time to waste."
internet  internetculture  boredom  time  socialmedia  procrastination  nymag 
may 2018 by warnick
The 29 Stages Of A Twitterstorm In 2018
Perfect satire by Tom Phillips, on Buzzfeed: "The correction will get 12 retweets."
satire  humor  socialmedia  internetculture  buzzfeed 
january 2018 by warnick
OKCupid data release fiasco
Annette Markham considers the implications for educators: "The OKCupid case is just the most recent of a long list of moments that reveal how doing something because it is legal is no guarantee that it is ethical."
okcupid  data  privacy  internetculture  ethics  digitalhumanities 
july 2016 by warnick
Trolls and the Negative Space of the Internet
Some good stuff in this special issue of the Fibreculture Journal: "The way that we talk about trolls and trolling as a phenomenon of post-Internet culture places us in a broader, longer fight over the ethos, the history, and the politics of the digital. Critical Internet studies has often come down on one side or another of the question of who or what trolling ‘really is’. In this issue of the Fibreculture Journal, we have chosen to try to teach the controversy."
aoir  journals  internetculture  trolling 
july 2016 by warnick
Reading the Comments
New book from MIT Press: "Online comment can be informative or misleading, entertaining or maddening. Haters and manipulators often seem to monopolize the conversation. Some comments are off-topic, or even topic-less. In this book, Joseph Reagle urges us to read the comments. Conversations 'on the bottom half of the Internet,' he argues, can tell us much about human nature and social behavior."
internetculture  comments  onlinecommunities  book 
july 2016 by warnick
Against “Don’t Read the Comments”
Anil Dash: "There’s a grave cost to assuming online interactivity is always awful. The burden is felt most acutely in denying opportunity to those for whom connecting to a community online may be the only way to get a foot in the door. Those underrepresented, unheard voices are the most valuable ones we lose when we throw the baby out with the bathwater and assume online comments are necessarily bad. How do we fix it? Simple: Hold platforms accountable."
anildash  comments  onlinecommunities  discourse  internetculture 
july 2016 by warnick
Are We In It for the Likes?
Guster's Brian Rosenworcel reflects on how the internet and social media have changed bands' interactions with their fans: "From the Keepin’ It Real Police in my brain who raise an eyebrow at the fact that our latest idea includes a self-promotional explainer video complete with band member interviews. Did we make that video for David Bashford, the guy who was shocked to discover that the band remade his video? Or did we do it for the glory of showing the world how down-to-earth we are? Does it matter? Is it possible that it’s okay to do it for both?"
guster  music  mediumdotcom  internetculture  socialmedia 
april 2016 by warnick
How to Make a Bot That Isn't Racist
Sarah Jeong, writing for Motherboard: "A day after Microsoft launched its 'AI teen girl Twitter chatbot,' Twitter taught her to be racist. Really, really racist. The thing is, this was all very much preventable."
ai  bots  microsoft  twitter  racism  internetculture  dariuskazemi 
march 2016 by warnick
We Are Hopelessly Hooked
Jacob Weisberg reviews new books about digital culture by Turtle, Reagle, and Eyal: "If so much of what we do on the Internet is harmful to us, and harmful to one another, perhaps we should do less of it. But that turns out to be not so simple."
technology  digitalself  addiction  psychology  discourse  internetculture  bookreview 
march 2016 by warnick
How the online hate mob set its sights on me
Jon Ronson wrote a book about public shaming, which, OF COURSE, turned him into a target of public shaming. Love this metaphor: "I remembered a time I was on a beach in Scotland and a flock of terns singled me out. They circled above me for a while, and then began to dive bomb, pecking at my head."
jonronson  shaming  socialmedia  twitter  onlinecommunities  internetculture 
december 2015 by warnick
The Washington Post shutters its column dedicated to debunking internet hoaxes
Why? Because truth doesn't matter to the people who peddle and circulate hoaxes. Caitlin Dewey: "[I]nstitutional distrust is so high right now, and cognitive bias so strong always, that the people who fall for hoax news stories are frequently only interested in consuming information that conforms with their views — even when it’s demonstrably fake."
washingtonpost  hoax  truth  internetculture 
december 2015 by warnick
Meet Tumblr’s 15-Year-Old Secret Keeper
NY Times: "The letters are to crushes, parents and ex-lovers, and Emily receives up to 100 of them a day. Most of the letters chronicle sadness and angst, but at least one of the stories has a happy ending; Emily said she met her current boyfriend through Dear My Blank after he submitted a letter."
nytimes  tumblr  internetculture  letter  anonymity 
december 2015 by warnick
Anonymity On Social Media Is Under Threat
Emily van der Nagel: "[T]he future of social media anonymity is in the platforms we already have. People will thrive when platforms offer content, connections, and conversations that they want to be part of, without insisting they use their real names to access it."
anonymity  internetculture  pseudonyms  socialmedia  3844 
november 2015 by warnick
How can we fix internet comments?
New project called "Civil": "We’ve designed and built a commenting platform, a simple drop-in plugin, with basic civility in mind. Instead of blindly publishing whatever people submit, we first ask them to rate the quality and civility on 3 randomly-selected comments, as well as their own. It’s a bit more work for the commenter, but the end result is a community built on trust and respect, not harassment and abuse."
comments  internetculture  plugin  onlinecommunities  discourse 
november 2015 by warnick
What Does the Internet Look Like?
Christine Smallwood, writing in The Baffler: "Two hypotheses: 1. We believe that the Internet has banished solitude. 2. The actual experience of using the Internet is inherently solitary."
internet  internetculture  baffler  digitalculture  digitalhumanities 
october 2015 by warnick
Found on Facebook: Empathy
Teddy Wayne, writing in the NY Times, offers a counter-perspective to the idea that technology destroys empathy: "One reason we may condemn social media for its narcissism is because we view it as a monolith, when there are numerous subcategories of its use. There is a great difference, for instance, between posting a dozen selfies at a rooftop party versus linking to a charity’s donation page and writing a personal statement about the cause."
nytimes  empathy  internetculture  youth  sherryturkle  louisck  psychology 
october 2015 by warnick
Would the Real Startup L. Jackson Please Stand Up
Josh Dickson uncovers the owner of a popular pseudonymous Twitter account, but decides not to reveal his identity. Love this conclusion: "Not all truths belong on the internet."
identity  pseudonyms  anonymity  internetculture  twitter  startup 
september 2015 by warnick
My Outrage Is Better Than Your Outrage
James Hamblin, in the Atlantic: "The Internet launders outrage and returns it to us as validation, in the form of likes and stars and hearts. The greatest return comes from a strong and superior point of view, on high moral ground. And there is, fortunately and unfortunately, always higher moral ground. Even when a dentist kills an adorable lion, and everyone is upset about it, there’s better outrage ground to be won."
internetculture  outrage  socialmedia  shaming 
august 2015 by warnick
God Tier: Facebook moms run the meme game
Nick Douglas explains why we live in the age of the "post-meme": "Sure, some people just have bad taste. Out of all the options now available, they choose 'Oh no, not another Monday!' But remember that the post-meme thrives best on Facebook, a social network that values decorum and common context over controversy and daring artistic statements. This space isn’t a free-for-all, it’s a gathering place for real-world friends, family, and co-workers."
meme  internetculture  facebook 
august 2015 by warnick
Civil servant commits suicide after Facebook accusations of racism
Incredibly sad, but somehow not surprising: "Shortly before taking his own life, Ariel Ronis wrote in a Facebook post that he had been wronged by the masses, told his side of the story, and urged people to consider the effects of their actions and words on social media."
facebook  shaming  bullying  internetculture  suicide 
august 2015 by warnick
Why Twitter is terrible
James Poulos, in The Week: "Business critics say Twitter is falling because the suits don't know what do to with the service. In reality, it's failing because our social mobs know just what to do with it. Twitter is getting worse because it helps us argue — and believe — that everyone else is getting worse."
theweek  twitter  socialmedia  internetculture  hate  discourse 
june 2015 by warnick
The Agency
Adrian Chen reports on a group of professional internet trolls in Russia: "The more I investigated this group, the more links I discovered between it and the hoaxes. In April, I went to St. Petersburg to learn more about the agency and its brand of information warfare, which it has aggressively deployed against political opponents at home, Russia’s perceived enemies abroad and, more recently, me."
nytimes  adrianchen  trolling  internetculture 
june 2015 by warnick
The Bot Bubble: Click Farms Have Inflated Social Media Currency
Doug Bock Clark, in the New Republic: "Click farms jeopardize the existential foundation of social media: the idea that the interactions on it are between real people. Just as importantly, they undermine the assumption that advertisers can use the medium to efficiently reach real people who will shell out real money. More than $16 billion was spent worldwide on social media advertising in 2014; this money is the primary revenue for social media companies. If social media is no longer made up of people, what is it?"
newrepublic  facebook  socialmedia  spam  internetculture  digitalrhetoric 
april 2015 by warnick
Notifications & Alerts
Another Medium post by Paul Ford that makes me want to move to the woods: "I erased most of my TODO list since I really only need to stay alive and listen to people and everything else is a lie."
paulford  mediumdotcom  internetculture  digitalself  distraction  technology 
march 2015 by warnick
Taking Steps
Eric A. Meyer gets "Step Nined" on Facebook: "The things we build are almost always meant to make things faster, more efficient, easier. Perhaps, sometimes, they should be harder."
ericmeyer  facebook  apology  technology  internetculture  digitalrhetoric 
march 2015 by warnick
I Turned Caps Lock on for a Week and Everyone Hated It
Kashmir Hill reports on an interesting experiment: "Typing in all caps is perceived as an accident, an affront or a call for help. Typing in ALL CAPS arouses strong emotions in people. I know. I USED ALL CAPS FOR A WEEK AND PEOPLE HATED IT."
humor  internetculture  discourse  digitalrhetoric 
february 2015 by warnick
The Danger of Reading the Comments
Betsy Woodruff reports on new research about online health discussions: "So what’s a public service announcer to do when competing with cyberspace’s hordes? For starters, said Berger, don’t ban comments. People are going to find ways to opine, and trying to keep them from doing so is a Sisyphean task. Plus, announcers who ban comments are missing an opportunity, as good comments can boost a PSA’s impact. So instead of preventing responses, groups like the CDC should look for ways to encourage their supporters to post positive responses"
internetculture  comments  discourse  credibility  digitalrhetoric 
february 2015 by warnick
They Feel "Blessed"
Jessica Bennett on the #blessed trend: "There’s nothing quite like invoking holiness as a way to brag about your life. But calling something “blessed” has become the go-to term for those who want to boast about an accomplishment while pretending to be humble, fish for a compliment, acknowledge a success (without sounding too conceited), or purposely elicit envy."
twitter  socialmedia  hashtag  religion  internetculture  digitalrhetoric 
february 2015 by warnick
Hashtags considered #harmful
Daniel Victor: "I believe hashtags are aesthetically damaging. I believe a tweet free of hashtags is more pleasing to the eye, more easily consumed, and thus more likely to be retweeted (which is a proven way of growing your audience). I believe for every person who stumbles upon your tweet via hashtag, you’re likely turning off many more who are put off by hashtag overuse. We need not banish the hashtag, but let’s start putting more thought into when we’re using it."
twitter  hashtag  socialmedia  internetculture  digitalrhetoric 
february 2015 by warnick
How One Stupid Tweet Blew Up Justine Sacco’s Life
Jon Ronson on social media shaming, in the NY Times: "[I]n those early days, the collective fury felt righteous, powerful and effective. It felt as if hierarchies were being dismantled, as if justice were being democratized. As time passed, though, I watched these shame campaigns multiply, to the point that they targeted not just powerful institutions and public figures but really anyone perceived to have done something offensive. I also began to marvel at the disconnect between the severity of the crime and the gleeful savagery of the punishment. It almost felt as if shamings were now happening for their own sake, as if they were following a script."
nytimes  socialmedia  justinesacco  internetculture  digitalrhetoric  digitalself 
february 2015 by warnick
I'm Brianna Wu, And I'm Risking My Life Standing Up To Gamergate
A horrifying account of what life is like as one of Gamergate's targets.
gamergate  sexism  trolling  internetculture 
february 2015 by warnick
Twitter CEO admits that the service is terrible at dealing with trolls
The Verge obtains a leaked memo by Dick Costolo: "We suck at dealing with abuse and trolls on the platform and we've sucked at it for years. It's no secret and the rest of the world talks about it every day. We lose core user after core user by not addressing simple trolling issues that they face every day."
twitter  internetculture  trolling  discourse  digitalrhetoric 
february 2015 by warnick
Meet the Ultimate WikiGnome
Andrew McMillen: "Henderson has now made over 47,000 edits to the site since 2007, virtually all of them addressing this one linguistic pet peeve. Article by article, week by week, Henderson redacts imperfect sentences, tightening them almost imperceptibly."
wikipedia  grammar  editing  internetculture  digitalrhetoric 
february 2015 by warnick
A Few Notes on Grumbling
Joshua Rothman, in The New Yorker: "If HTML had a <grumble> tag, how much of Facebook, Twitter, and—especially—Yelp would be surrounded by <grumble></grumble>?"
newyorker  negativity  internetculture  digitalrhetoric 
january 2015 by warnick
The invasion boards that set out to ruin lives
Jay Allen, on Boing Boing: "The internet has entered our lives: it's no longer a a virtual world where nothing is real. It's a tool that people use every day to stay in contact with their friends and family and conduct business. And this integration of the internet with our lives—and the trails we leave as we use it—has become a new weapon for the hateful and bored to lash out."
boingboing  gamergate  4chan  trolling  doxxing  harassment  internetculture  digitalrhetoric 
january 2015 by warnick
How to Be Liked by Everyone Online
Pamela Paul, in the NY Times: "Followers are for religious leaders, for gurus, for motivational speakers, and I am none of these things. Even as a child, I was more bystander than Queen Bee; girls with followers scared me. Followers can turn on you; they travel in packs. Yet now I am told every day, sometimes by the minute, that someone is following me, and that this is good news. Person You’ve Never Heard Of is following you, Facebook announces with a ping. Guy You Went Out With Just Once 10 Years Ago is following you, Twitter says. You have 15,000 followers. This, we are meant to understand, is favorable and flattering."
nytimes  internetculture  socialmedia  digitalrhetoric 
january 2015 by warnick
The Troll Hunters
Adrian Chen's fascinating (and depressing) article about some of the internet's darker corners: "attempts to curb online hate must always contend with the long-standing ideals that imagine the Internet’s main purpose as offering unfettered space for free speech and marginalized ideas. The struggle against hate online is so urgent and difficult that the law professor Danielle Citron, in her new book Hate Crimes in Cyberspace, calls the Internet 'the next battleground for civil rights.'"
internetculture  mitreview  adrianchen  trolling  hate 
january 2015 by warnick
The year of outrage 2014: Everything you were angry about on social media this year.
Amazing (and thoroughly depressing) interactive site: "Slate tracked what everyone was outraged about every day in 2014. Explore by clicking the tiles below, and then scroll down to read about how outrage has taken over our lives."
slate  internetculture  anger  socialmedia  digitalrhetoric 
december 2014 by warnick
Totally Obsessed
Willa Paskin, in Slate: "[W]e are engaged in a near-constant cycle of being 'totally obsessed' with a cultural object ('obsessed' is the term of art on social media) and perpetually on the lookout for that next binge-experience. Why are we getting hysterically excited about very good but not hugely original cultural products seemingly every other month? Why have we turned into compulsive obsession-seekers?"
slate  internetculture  popculture  obsession  trends 
december 2014 by warnick
The Great Web 1.0 Revival
Gizmodo covers Ello, Tilde.club, and Rooms: "By moving back toward the early web, we're also recapturing an ability to actively reshape the internet around us, something that we've lost over the past decade. Like Tilde, the internet used to have a higher barrier to entry than what we're used to today, and not just socially—you had to know some fundamentals of coding to join in."
internetculture  paulford  nostalgia  webdesign  4814 
november 2014 by warnick
One Name to Rule Them All: Facebook's Identity Problem
The Atlantic covers Facebook's "real name policy": "[M]aintaining multiple identities online is not just for drag queens. We all perform versions of ourselves. When we use two different platforms, reserving one for our professional life and another for our side interest, we’re separating two sides of ourselves using the tools available to us. When we complain about our parents commenting on our Facebook posts aimed at our friends, we’re wishing we could maintain different public faces on a platform that prefers to push them together."
atlanticmonthly  facebook  onlineidentity  anonymity  pseudonyms  internetculture 
november 2014 by warnick
Confessions of a former internet troll
Emmett Rensin's fascinating first-person story in Vox: "For all of my desire to complicate the trolling narrative, to insist that at one time our motives were permissible if not strictly noble, to suggest that it was fun and harmless and surprisingly diverse, trolling as an impulse has always been largely the domain of white men — and especially of those acutely aware of a world where the theoretical foundation of their inherited power is crumbling."
vox  trolling  internetculture  4chan 
november 2014 by warnick
The Internet's First Family
Stephen Thomas's long, beautiful love letter to MetaFilter: "MetaFilter is a venerable institution in a context—the Internet—where the phrase 'venerable institution' is only maybe just beginning to acquire a non-ironic usage."
metafilter  internetculture  onlinecommunities 
november 2014 by warnick
Alex From Target: The Other Side of Fame
The NY Times covers the bizarre and unpredictable nature of online celebrity: "Alex, who was working the register all day, had no idea he had become an Internet sensation. His first glimpse came sometime that afternoon, when he started noticing that his checkout line was unusually long. Then his Target manager, Molly, who is a senior in high school, showed him the photo on her phone."
nytimes  meme  casestudy  internetculture  celebrity 
november 2014 by warnick
'Am I being catfished?' An author confronts her number one online critic
Kathleen's Hale's long and depressing story about authors confronting (er, stalking) their readers. No one comes out of this looking good.
kathleenhale  authorsvsreaders  trolling  stalking  harassment  internetculture  anonymity 
october 2014 by warnick
Battle of the trolls: Kathleen Hale reveals the war raging between authors and readers
Laura Miller, in Salon: "Compounding the paranoia and outrage on both sides is the tendency for social media to act like an alchemist’s alembic, distilling the complicated thoughts and feelings of individuals into generic expressions of self-righteous indignation."
salon  kathleenhale  authorsvsreaders  trolling  internetculture  harassment 
october 2014 by warnick
I had a couple drinks and woke up with 1,000 nerds
Paul Ford talks about tilde.club, his latest crazy adventure on the web: "I keep thinking of all the disasters headed my way. Bad user behavior, threats, denial-of-service attacks, hacking, fork bombs, obsessive rage and threats of violence against myself or my loved ones. But then I remember that I’ve dealt with all of them before, they’re just part of doing things for free on the Internet. We’ll just make a lot of backups and when disaster occurs we’ll limp forward. Or give up! Always an option worth preserving."
paulford  internetculture  experiment  hosting 
october 2014 by warnick
Trouble at the Koolaid Point
An incredibly depressing reminder about what the internet looks like today, by Kathy Sierra: "The time from troll-has-an-idea to troll-mobilizes-brutal-assault has shrunk from weeks to minutes. Twitter, for all its good, is a hate amplifier. Twitter boosts signal power with head-snapping speed and strength. Today, Twitter (and this isn’t a complaint about Twitter, it’s about what Twitter enables) is the troll’s best weapon for attacking you."
kathysierra  twitter  harassment  sexism  trolling  internetculture  feminism 
october 2014 by warnick
Internet Trolls Are Narcissists, Psychopaths, and Sadists
Psychology Today highlights new research that confirms what we already knew about trolls.
psychology  trolling  narcissism  internetculture 
september 2014 by warnick
Ditching Twitter
Erin Kissane on the state of Twitter: "None of us are angry about everything, or even most things, but in the whole slimy pond of troubles there is something to injure every one of us in a particular and personal way that makes us turn to the stream and yell this is bullshit. And each shout makes the water rise a little higher, because how can you not respond to your friends when they’re in pain? Add in the flood of information and emotion from something like Ferguson (or war crimes or an epidemic) and there we all are, gradually drowning."
erinkissane  twitter  negativity  digitalrhetoric  internetculture 
september 2014 by warnick
We’re All Nerds Now
Noam Cohen, in the NY Times: "Never before has the boundary between geek culture and mainstream culture been so porous."
nytimes  noamcohen  nerd  geek  internetculture  xkcd 
september 2014 by warnick
The Internet of Words
Ted Striphas, in the Chronicle: "Changes in the language are as much a part of the story of technology as innovative new products, high-stakes mergers and acquisitions, and charismatic corporate leaders. They bear witness to the emergence of new technological realities, yet they also help facilitate them. Facebook wouldn’t have a billion-plus users absent some compelling features. It also wouldn’t have them without people like me first coming to terms with the new semantics of friendship."
socialmedia  language  internetculture  digitalrhetoric 
september 2014 by warnick
The Nicest Place on the Inernet
"Having one of those days? Yeah, been there too. And sometimes, a little pick-me-up is hard to come by. So come on by to turn the sad into happy and the happy into a celebration. Cause this is a nice place to visit on days like today."
internetculture  internet  psychology  happiness  kindness 
september 2014 by warnick
You Are Not a Digital Native: Privacy in the Age of the Internet
Cory Doctorow: "Anyone who pays attention will see that kids do, in fact, care a whole lot about their privacy. They don’t want their parents to know what they’re saying to their friends. They don’t want their friends to see how they relate to their parents. They don’t want their teachers to know what they think of them. They don’t want their enemies to know about their fears and anxieties."
youth  privacy  socialmedia  internetculture  3844 
july 2014 by warnick
Clicking Their Way to Outrage
Teddy Wayne, in the NY Times: "Bile has been a part of the Internet as long as Al Gore has; peruse any epithet-laced comments section or, worse, a chat room. But the last few years have seen it crawl from under the shadowy bridges patrolled by anonymous trolls and emerge into the sunshine of social media, where people proudly trumpet their ethical outrage."
internetculture  communication  discourse  anger  nytimes 
july 2014 by warnick
The Internet With A Human Face
Maciej Ceglowski's talk at Beyond Tellerrand: "The cloud fascinates me because of the distance between what it promises and what it actually is. The cloud promises us complete liberation from the mundane world of hardware and infrastructure. It invites us to soar into an astral plane of pure computation, freed from the weary bonds of earth. What the cloud is is a big collection of buildings and computers that we actually know very little about, run by a large American company notorious for being pretty terrible to its workers. Who knows what angry sysadmin lurks inside the cloud?"
maciejceglowski  internetculture  history  privacy  cloud  surveillance 
may 2014 by warnick
Faking Cultural Literacy
Karl Taro Greenfeld, in the NY Times: "It’s never been so easy to pretend to know so much without actually knowing anything. We pick topical, relevant bits from Facebook, Twitter or emailed news alerts, and then regurgitate them. Instead of watching 'Mad Men' or the Super Bowl or the Oscars or a presidential debate, you can simply scroll through someone else’s live-tweeting of it, or read the recaps the next day. Our cultural canon is becoming determined by whatever gets the most clicks."
nytimes  culture  knowledge  internetculture  popculture 
may 2014 by warnick
The Pointlessness of Unplugging
Casey N. Cep, in The New Yorker: "If it takes unplugging to learn how better to live plugged in, so be it. But let’s not mistake such experiments in asceticism for a sustainable way of life. For most of us, the modern world is full of gadgets and electronics, and we’d do better to reflect on how we can live there than to pretend we can live elsewhere."
newyorker  internetculture  digitalself  unplugging  technology 
april 2014 by warnick
Dear Person Who Just Left a Negative Comment About Something On the Internet
"You may be thinking HEY I CAN SAY WHATEVER I WANT.... And you are absolutely correct. You can. But I want you to consider that you shouldn’t."
internetculture  comments  hate 
march 2014 by warnick
Twitter I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down
Quinn Norton: "Twitter has been my new front door to the net for a couple of years, and like every doorway before it it, it has done wonderful things in my life. It has also given me ways to contribute to a larger discourse. It will also tear me apart like wolves happening upon an injured kid if I let down my guard for an instant. It tolerates no mistakes, attacks without warning, and likes to harry its prey."
quinnnorton  internetculture  twitter  socialmedia 
march 2014 by warnick
Arguing with internet trolls
Perfect analogy. "The pigeon is just going to knock over the pieces, crap on the board, and then strut around acting like it won."
trolling  internetculture  humor  comic 
march 2014 by warnick
selfiecity
Interesting new project from Lev Manovich and company: "Selfiecity investigates selfies using a mix of theoretic, artistic and quantitative methods."
selfie  photography  dataviz  levmanovich  internetculture  digitalhumanities 
march 2014 by warnick
This Tumblr User Shows Her Horrific Anonymous Messages In A Powerful Art Project
There is so much hate in the world. "Since starting the Tumblr in 2010, she has received hundreds of cruel anonymous messages. Last week, she turned the words of hate into a feminist art project; Bottos screencapped some of the messages and posted them over pictures of herself."
internetculture  hate  sexism  feminism  bullying 
march 2014 by warnick
The anonymity I know
I think 4chan founder Chris Poole downplays/ignores the problems of anonymity in this piece, but I do like this point: "The combination of anonymity and ephemerality has fostered experimentation and creativity rarely seen elsewhere. It’s incredible what people can make when they’re able to fail publicly without fear, since not only will those failures not be attributed to them, but they’ll be washed away by a waterfall of new content."
4chan  anonymity  internetculture  creativity 
march 2014 by warnick
University Of Illinois Chancellor Responds To Hate Comments With Eloquent Essay
Phyllis Wise makes some excellent points about internet culture: "What was most disturbing was witnessing social media drive a discussion quickly into the abyss of hateful comments and even threats of violence. I shudder to think what might happen if that type of vitriol were directed at a vulnerable member of our student body or university community."
phylliswise  racism  mobs  internetculture 
march 2014 by warnick
Datasets from the Pew Internet Project
Very cool: "The Pew Research Center's Internet Project is pleased to offer scholars access to raw data sets from our research."
pew  internetculture  research  data 
march 2014 by warnick
Generation Like
Douglas Rushkoff's new FRONTLINE special presents an incredibly depressing view of how commercial culture has co-opted pretty much every aspect of social media.
douglasrushkoff  pbs  frontline  socialmedia  youth  internetculture  video 
march 2014 by warnick
The Empathy Vacuum
I love love love this piece by Greg Knauss: "This isn’t some mealy-mouthed plea for all of us to get along, to say that criticism doesn’t have an important place, on-line or otherwise. Critics and criticism are powerful, vital forces in any endeavor.... That’s not what I’m talking about here. What I’m talking about here is how addictive the righteousness that comes from that condemnation is, and how we will apparently turn to any source we can find for it — even when that source is not evil or harmful or part of any world we exist in or understand."
gregknauss  internetculture  empathy 
march 2014 by warnick
How subtweets are ruining Twitter
Edward Champion, in Salon: "The subtweet is Twitter’s answer to passive-aggression, which remains the great cancer of American discourse. Once you peel away the derisive snub, the subtweet ultimately reveals that the person not being explicitly referenced really matters. But isn’t there more power in completely ignoring a toxic person? Or trying to reach that person through sustained civil engagement? Instead of empowering the subtweeter, the subtweet gives power to the unnamed."
salon  twitter  subtweet  discourse  internetculture  onlinecommunities 
december 2013 by warnick
"Am I a troll?"
Derek Powazek tackles an important question in his first "Fertile Medium" column for A List Apart.
derekpowazek  alistapart  trolling  internetculture 
december 2013 by warnick
The Rhetoric of Memes
An interesting undergrad project developed at the University of Michigan.
rhetoric  rhetoricalanalysis  meme  internetculture  3844 
december 2013 by warnick
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Michael Erard traces the history of online comments in the NY Times: "When we complain about comments, I’ve noticed, we do so as if we’re dealing with some emanation of human nature or the lusty democratic energies of the American soul. But when I went digging into the history of the Web to find out where online comments really came from, it’s clear that they’re the consequences of what was technically feasible at a certain point and how that feasibility was subsequently implemented."
nytimes  onlinecommunities  discourse  comments  internetculture 
december 2013 by warnick
The death and life of great Internet cities
Joe Kloc looks back at online life before Facebook: "Petsburg was just one of the 40 neighborhoods that made up the metropolis of Geocities, which, in its 15 years of existence, housed some 38 million online residents. It was arguably the world’s first and last Internet city. Were it a physical place, it would have been by far the largest urban area in the world."
internetculture  history  geocities  onlinecommunities  digitalself  3844 
november 2013 by warnick
This is You on Smiles
Dave Pell: "Digital photography provides so many images — and the access to those images is so immediate — that our actual memories or perceptions of a moment can be replaced by a digital memory in near realtime."
davepell  photography  internetculture  memory  3844 
october 2013 by warnick
6 Reasons We Share Too Much Online, According to Behavioral Scientists
Mother Jones: "Our bounded rationality on privacy matters makes us more vulnerable to all sorts of persuasion tactics aimed at getting us to disclose things. Behold the following behavioral examples of how, even if we really care about online privacy, we're easily prodded into behaving as though we don't."
internetculture  psychology  ux  privacy  digitalself 
october 2013 by warnick
This Story Stinks
Two researchers share their findings on the "nasty effect" in the NY Times: "The Web, it should be said, is still a marvelous place for public debate. But when it comes to reading and understanding news stories online — like this one, for example — the medium can have a surprisingly potent effect on the message. Comments from some readers, our research shows, can significantly distort what other readers think was reported in the first place."
internetculture  comments  onlinecommunities  3844 
october 2013 by warnick
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