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The High School We Can’t Log Off From
Jennifer Senior, in the NY Times: "Twitter is a dark reservoir of hatred, home to the diseased national id. It turns us into our worst selves — dehumanizing us, deranging us, keying us up, beating us down, turning us into shrieking outrage monkeys hellbent on the innocents of Oz. It uncomplicates complicated discussion; stealth-curates our news; hijacks our dopamine systems, carrying us off on a devil’s quest for ever more dime bags of retweets and likes."
twitter  socialmedia  psychology  discourse 
12 days ago by warnick
Everything bad about Facebook is bad for the same reason
Nikhil Sonnad, in Quartz: "Underlying all of Facebook’s screw-ups is a bumbling obliviousness to real humans.... There are certain things you do not in good conscience do to humans. To data, you can do whatever you like."
facebook  socialmedia  ethics  business  markzuckerberg 
19 days ago by warnick
Twitter Made Everything a Joke
Jeopardy champion Ken Jennings, in the NY Times: "A Twitter habit, like any other internet addiction, is an endless dopamine loop. Your brain doesn’t have a satiety signal for social media updates; it just wants you to check your screen again and again for new content until you die."
nytimes  twitter  humor  comedy  kenjennings  socialmedia 
22 days ago by warnick
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 
12 weeks ago 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
Back to the Blog
Dan Cohen: "There has been a recent movement to 're-decentralize' the web, returning our activities to sites like this one. I am unsurprisingly sympathetic to this as an idealist, and this post is my commitment to renew that ideal. I plan to write more here from now on. However, I’m also a pragmatist, and I feel the re-decentralizers have underestimated what they are up against, which is partially about technology but mostly about human nature."
dancohen  blogging  socialmedia 
april 2018 by warnick
The case against Facebook
Matthew Yglesias, on Vox: "Not only is the product bad, but the company is in a deep state of denial about it. Mark Zuckerberg and other top leaders believe they are making the world a better place. The labor market for the kind of talented engineers that Facebook needs to hire is robust enough that you can’t compete on the basis of money alone — they need to believe that Facebook is a decent, honorable place to work. But in fact, Facebook is bad. And it probably can’t be fixed."
facebook  matthewyglesias  privacy  socialmedia  happiness 
april 2018 by warnick
Headlines making you anxious? Delay reading them | Life and style | The Guardian
Oliver Burkeman, writing in the Guardian: "The passage of time is the best filter for determining what matters. But being late is the one thing no social network, or modern news organisation, can afford. You can afford it, though."
oliverburkeman  guardian  anxiety  news  media  socialmedia  happiness  journalism 
april 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
Finding our Twitter voice
Slack's Anna Pickard: "As we’ve grown, the number of mentions has exploded from a couple dozen to hundreds (sometimes thousands) every day. But we’ve still tried to maintain the same tone, whoever is tweeting. It’s the place that the Slack voice is the most playful, but it’s also high pressure — which makes it a tricky one to scale."
twitter  contentstrategy  slack  mediumdotcom  socialmedia 
february 2017 by warnick
Is Your Digital Life Ready for Your Death?
Tim Herrera, in the NY Times: "You’ve probably thought about what will happen to your finances, your possessions and maybe even your real estate when you die. But what about your Facebook account? Or your hard-drive backups?"
death  nytimes  digitalself  socialmedia 
january 2017 by warnick
I’ve left Twitter. It is unusable for anyone but trolls, robots and dictators
Lindy West, in the Guardian: "Twitter, for the past five years, has been a machine where I put in unpaid work and tension headaches come out."
twitter  digitalself  lindywest  socialmedia  trolling 
january 2017 by warnick
Citations are not enough: Academic promotion panels must take into account a scholar’s presence in popular media.
Asit Biswas and Julian Kirchherr make a bold argument: "It may be time to reassess scholars’ performance. For tenure and promotion considerations, scholars’ impacts on policy formulation and public debates should also be assessed. These publications often showcase the practical relevance and potential application of the research results to solve real world problems."
tenure  socialmedia  digitalself  academia 
december 2016 by warnick
Quit Social Media. Your Career May Depend on It.
Cal Newport, an author with no social media presence, writing in the NY Times: "The idea of purposefully introducing into my life a service designed to fragment my attention is as scary to me as the idea of smoking would be to an endurance athlete, and it should be to you if you’re serious about creating things that matter."
socialmedia  digitalself  productivity  calnewport  distraction  nytimes 
november 2016 by warnick
Breaking Up With Twitter
Farhad Manjoo on post-election Twitter exiles: "[I]t wouldn’t be much of a surprise if this moment turns out to be the peak for Twitter. After the election, a handful of Twitter loyalists confessed to feeling alienation over the role the service played in their lives, and the country, this year."
twitter  nytimes  socialmedia  digitalself 
november 2016 by warnick
This Generation Will Be Fine: Why Social Media Won’t Ruin Us
Gary Vaynerchuk: "The problem is that we get scared of everything that we didn’t grow up with; it’s what human beings do. Every new medium brings along a healthy fear that the newest invention will ruin society."
garyvaynerchuk  youth  technology  millennials  socialmedia  optimism  digitalself 
september 2016 by warnick
The lost infrastructure of social media
Anil Dash: "More than a decade ago, the earliest era of blogging provided a set of separate but related technologies that helped the nascent form thrive. Today, most have faded away and been forgotten, but new incarnations of these features could still be valuable."
anildash  socialmedia  digitalself  blogging  internet  history 
september 2016 by warnick
Perfectly Practical Tips for Using Twitter
Liz Covart and Joseph Adelman: "From our conversations, we have realized that most of the guides to using Twitter focus primarily in generating a follower base and otherwise building an audience. That’s worthwhile, of course, but it means that there is room for something that discusses how to craft an individual tweet, including how to use links, hashtags, and other tools in tweets."
twitter  socialmedia  digitalself 
september 2016 by warnick
What I learned analyzing 7 months of Donald Trump's tweets
Some interesting text analysis, by Zachary Crockett: "After filtering out retweets, quotes from other people, and article titles, I ended up with a list of 2,500 tweets. That's 44,231 words, or 263,624 characters, of unadulterated Trumpisms. Here’s what I found."
donaldtrump  digitalhumanities  textmining  socialmedia  twitter 
july 2016 by warnick
How to Build a Twitter Following — and Why You Should
Rob Jenkins, in the Chronicle's Vitae: "[This column is] for people like me: midcareer faculty members who are not digital natives and who are naturally a bit intimidated by — and perhaps even suspicious of — technology. (I finally caved and bought a smartphone last month.) If you’re in that category, and you’ve been wondering lately if maybe you should try using social-media sites like Twitter to increase your impact on your field, not to mention the wider world, the answer is that you should, and you can. Here’s how."
twitter  socialmedia  digitalself 
july 2016 by warnick
Twitter’s missing manual
Incredibly detailed post by Eevee: "It looks like a dead-simple service, but those humble 140 characters have been crammed full of features over the years, and the ways they interact aren’t always obvious. There are rules, and the rules generally make sense once you know them, but it’s also really easy to overlook them. Here, then, is a list of all the non-obvious things about Twitter that I know."
twitter  tutorial  manuals  socialmedia  documentation 
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
Holdouts of the Social Media Age
Teddy Wayne, in the NY Times: "As hoi polloi shamelessly promote themselves, bestow disingenuous praise upon colleagues in hopes of receiving it in return and peck out snarkily hashtagged jokes during awards shows, the person who remains offline accrues mystique and is viewed as nobly intentioned, an elusive object of fascination rather than an accessible subject of self-glorification. Who knows how they’re spending their time? Likely working hard for some transcendent and paradigm-shifting purpose, their online absence suggests. But post a tweet, and everyone knows what you’re doing at that moment: idly looking at a screen, chasing after notice."
digitalself  onlineidentity  socialmedia  nytimes 
march 2016 by warnick
The Secret Lives of Tumblr Teens
Long, fascinating piece by Elspeth Reeve, in the New Republic: "Each social media network creates a particular kind of teenage star: Those blessed with early-onset hotness are drawn to YouTube, the fashionable and seemingly wealthy post to Instagram, the most charismatic actors, dancers, and comedians thrive on Vine. On Facebook, every link you share and photo you post is a statement of your identity. Tumblr is the social network that, based on my reporting, is seen by teens as the most uncool."
tumblr  newrepublic  youth  socialmedia 
march 2016 by warnick
Paul Ford reminds us that using Twitter is like moving into a free hotel
"There is one problem which you think they’d solve, which is that anyone can walk into anyone else’s room and scream at them. I know you’re thinking, 'just lock the doors,' but there aren’t any locks and they are apparently very expensive to install. Management says they’re working on it."
paulford  twitter  advertising  socialmedia  algorithms 
february 2016 by warnick
Things You Can’t Talk About in a Coca-Cola Ad
Ian Bogost reviews Coke's "profanity API" in the Atlantic: "User-generated content has always been terrorist media. Given a little freedom even the simplest of tools becomes weaponized subversion."
ianbogost  socialmedia  marketing  cocacola  profanity 
january 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
Can’t Put Down Your Device? That’s by Design
Natasha Singer, in the NY Times: "There’s even an industry term for the experts who continually test and tweak apps and sites to better hook consumers, keep them coming back and persuade them to stay longer: growth hackers."
nytimes  technology  addiction  3844  socialmedia  psychology 
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
Is Mark Zuckerberg Ready for Facebook Parenthood?
Elisa Albert, in the NY Times: "I took my son to a reading last summer, and people called him by name, said hi to him, asked him about his interests. Not a shy child, he clung to me, thoroughly freaked by these strangers who seemed to know him. 'I’ve seen you on Instagram,' someone told him, and he rolled his eyes."
facebook  parenting  socialmedia  privacy  digitalself  digitalculture 
november 2015 by warnick
We didn’t ❤ the fire
Great take by Collin Brooke on Twitter's decision to replace stars with hearts: "A significant part of Twitter’s success has been predicated on its openness and the relative immediacy of the content we find there. While changing the star to a heart has no necessary, functional impact on the platform itself, it does change our (affective) relationship to it. If users worry about whether RTs imply endorsement, the choice over whether or not to ❤ something raises a whole new set of questions."
twitter  socialmedia  ux  ui  3844  interrogatingtheinterface 
november 2015 by warnick
beme
Casey Neistat's new social media app puts an interesting twist on recording and sharing videos. (Chances of this taking off: incredibly slim.)
caseyneistat  socialmedia  video  3844 
october 2015 by warnick
Facebook, Smart Tech, and the End of Language
Mark Zuckerberg's vision of the future doesn't sounds creepy AT ALL: "We'll have AR [augmented reality] and other devices that we can wear almost all the time to improve our experience and communication. One day, I believe we'll be able to send full, rich thoughts to each other directly using technology. You'll just be able to think of something and your friends will immediately be able to experience it too if you'd like. This would be the ultimate communication technology."
communication  facebook  language  emoji  augmentedreality  socialmedia  digitalhumanities  3844 
september 2015 by warnick
This Is What Controversies Look Like in the Twittersphere
MIT Technology Review: "Many a controversy has raged on social media platforms such as Twitter. Some last for weeks or months, others blow themselves in an afternoon. And yet most go unnoticed by most people. That would change if there was a reliable way of spotting controversies in the Twitterstream in real time. That could happen thanks to the work of Kiran Garimella and pals at Aalto University in Finland."
mit  twitter  bigdata  dataviz  socialmedia  argumentation  onlinecommunities  discourse 
august 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
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
One Image to Rule Them All: Size Specs to Work Across Social Media
Garrett Heath's helpful instructions for creating images that display well on multiple sites.
images  socialmedia  3844 
june 2015 by warnick
How Facebook’s Algorithm Suppresses Content Diversity (Modestly) & How the Newsfeed Rules the Clicks
Zeynep Tufekci explains what Facebook's recent Science article really means: "[T]his study confirms that for this slice of politically-engaged sub-population, Facebook’s algorithm is a modest suppressor of diversity of content people see on Facebook, and that newsfeed placement is a profoundly powerful gatekeeper for click-through rates. This, not all the roundabout conversation about people’s choices, is the news."
facebook  algorithms  socialmedia  research  politics  digitalrhetoric 
may 2015 by warnick
Bridgy
"Bridgy is a service that pulls comments, likes, and reshares on social networks back to your web site. You can also use it to post to social networks — or comment, like, reshare, or even RSVP — from your own web site."
webdevelopment  socialmedia  cms  comments  webapp  blogging 
may 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
Slogger
Cool project from Brett Terpstra: "Slogger indexes various public social services and creates Day One journal entries or plain text Markdown files for them. It allows you to keep a personal journal that collects your online social life automatically, all in one place."
journaling  dayone  software  socialmedia  quantifiedself 
march 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
Marco Arment on Google, Blogs, and Social Media
"Social networks have powerful benefits and are here to stay. But like any trend, we’ve swung too far in that direction for our own good, as both producers and consumers.... If we want it to get better, we need to start pushing back against the trend, modernizing blogs, and building what we *want* to come next."
marcoarment  blogging  google  socialmedia 
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
Instagram’s Graveyard Shift
Jeff Sharlet, in the NY Times: "When I was first drawn into this nighttime Insta­gram grid, I was looking for a distraction, for ­images to displace the thoughts that had agitated me to exhaustion. What I found instead was something that seemed descended from Walt Whitman’s 'Democratic Vistas,' his great prose poem of an essay that was really a proposal for a new kind of literature, a way of speaking, a way of seeing."
nytimes  instagram  socialmedia  hashtag  research  digitalrhetoric 
january 2015 by warnick
Yik Yak Rhetorics
Jeff Rice, in Inside Higher Ed: "Yik Yak is admission that there is no private without the public. Social media have always been a space that – because of the sense of proximity – feels private, but is, in fact, public."
jeffrice  ihe  yikyak  socialmedia  privacy  onlineidentity  digitalself  digitalrhetoric 
january 2015 by warnick
Why These Tweets Are Called My Back
Shaadi Devereaux, in the New Inquiry: "We are Toxic Twitter. The unnamed women frothing at the mouth in our underground internet lair who emerge only during the full moon of each news cycle to drink the blood of your favorite white feminists. Whenever you hear the refrain 'Twitter is going to get you!' from the mouths of everyone from Oprah to CNN pundits, we are who they are referring to. We are bad for your career. We are bad for brands. We say good things, but watch out or we’ll swallow you whole."
twitter  socialmedia  feminism  activism  digitalrhetoric 
january 2015 by warnick
Inadvertent Algorithmic Cruelty
Eric Meyer's heartbreaking explanation of why Facebook's "Year in Review" feature is a bad idea: "I know, of course, that this is not a deliberate assault. This inadvertent algorithmic cruelty is the result of code that works in the overwhelming majority of cases, reminding people of the awesomeness of their years, showing them selfies at a party or whale spouts from sailing boats or the marina outside their vacation house. But for those of us who lived through the death of loved ones, or spent extended time in the hospital, or were hit by divorce or losing a job or any one of a hundred crises, we might not want another look at this past year."
ericmeyer  facebook  algorithms  socialmedia 
january 2015 by warnick
An Old Fogey’s Analysis of a Teenager’s View on Social Media
danah boyd reminds us that we shouldn't read Andrew Watts's personal account of social media as representative of *all* teens: "Every few years, a (typically white male) teen with an interest in technology writes about technology among his peers on a popular tech platform and gets traction. Tons of conferences host teen panels, usually drawing on privileged teens in the community or related to the organizers. I’m not bothered by these teens’ comments; I’m bothered by the way they are interpreted and treated by the tech press and the digerati."
socialmedia  danahboyd  mediumdotcom  millennials 
january 2015 by warnick
A Teenager’s View on Social Media
Interesting personal take on social media from a student at the University of Texas: "This article will not use any studies, data, sources, etc. This is because you can easily get that from any other technology news website and analyze from there. I’m here to provide a different view based off of my life in this 'highly coveted' age bracket. That being said, I'm not an expert at this by a long shot and I'm sure there will be data that disproves some of the points I make, but this is just what I've noticed."
mediumdotcom  socialmedia  millennials  twitter  facebook  instagram  snapchat  tumblr  yikyak  3844 
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
Millennials and the Age of Tumblr Activism
NY Times: "[W]hether passion on Tumblr translates into participation in the real world is up for debate. Ms. Katwiwa described a time when she used Tumblr to promote a protest in New Orleans. She was disappointed when of the thousand or so people who promised to show up, only 400 materialized."
nytimes  tumblr  socialmedia  onlineadvocacy  activism  digitalrhetoric  3844 
january 2015 by warnick
In defense of “slacktivism”: The Human Rights Campaign Facebook logo as digital activism
Stephanie Vie, in First Monday: "This article suggests that even small moves of support, such as changing one’s Facebook status to a memetic image, assist by demonstrating a supportive environment for those who identify with marginalized groups and by drawing awareness to important causes. Often dismissed as 'slacktivism,' I argue instead that the digital activism made possible through social media memes can build awareness of crucial issues, which can then lead to action."
firstmonday  activism  onlineadvocacy  digitalrhetoric  facebook  socialmedia 
january 2015 by warnick
Does Retweeting Praise Make You a Monster?
Adam Sternbergh explores the unwritten etiquette rules of Twitter.
vulture  socialmedia  twitter  etiquette 
january 2015 by warnick
What to do when your Facebook friend posts something offensive
It's 2014, so of course we need flowcharts to help us navigate our social media lives.
facebook  socialmedia  flowchart  digitalself 
december 2014 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
Facebook has totally reinvented human identity: Why it’s even worse than you think
Susan Cox, in Salon: "The crux of the issue boils down to this: Is Facebook’s normalization of hyper-transparency and information-oriented mode of self-definition conditioning young people to be submissive toward institutionalized forms of subject formation? Does it quell unrest in response to those power structures invested in telling you who and what you are? Will the young people of the future question social values if they are trained from a young age by technological demands to express their person in a corporately constructed template?"
salon  facebook  onlineidentity  anonymity  socialmedia 
november 2014 by warnick
Emergent
Like Snopes, but for emerging rumors on social media sites.
rumor  socialmedia  truth  snopes 
october 2014 by warnick
Block Together
"An app intended to help cope with harassers and abusers on Twitter."
twitter  socialmedia  blocking  harassment 
october 2014 by warnick
The Unsafety Net: How Social Media Turned Against Women
Another depressing piece on the state of the internet: "If, as the communications philosopher Marshall McLuhan famously said, television brought the brutality of war into people’s living rooms, the Internet today is bringing violence against women out of it. Once largely hidden from view, this brutality is now being exposed in unprecedented ways."
atlanticmonthly  gender  socialmedia  feminism  violence  misogyny 
october 2014 by warnick
Study shows students find personal tweets from professors makes them more credible
"120 students were split into three groups and all were sent 22 tweets with hyperlinks that were purportedly sent by a professor; one group was sent tweets that were considered all business, or scholarly, another group received tweets that were all of a personal or social nature, while the third group received tweets that were a mix of the two. After receiving the tweets, the students were then asked to rate the degree of credibility they ascribed to the faux professor. Johnson reports that the group that received the social or personal tweets rated the professor as having the highest credibility of the three groups."
twitter  socialmedia  edtech  ethos 
october 2014 by warnick
Social Media and Academic Surveillance: The Ethics of Digital Bodies
Dorothy Kim: "This is how academics need to understand Twitter: a multivalent, rhizomatic platform with voices that form communities, conversations, and can talk back or even shout back if they so choose. Twitter as a public space does not mean academics have permission to make digital bodies data points or experimental cells in a petri dish."
socialmedia  surveillance  research  ethics  digitalrhetoric 
october 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
Big Internet
Nicholas Carr identifies the cause of a blogging renaissance: "By Big Internet, I mean the platform- and plantation-based internet, the one centered around giants like Google and Facebook and Twitter and Amazon and Apple. Maybe these companies were insurgents at one point, but now they’re fat and bland and obsessed with expanding or defending their empires. They’ve become the Henry VIIIs of the web. And it’s starting to feel a little gross to be in their presence."
nicholascarr  blogging  socialmedia  twitter  facebook  rss  personalweb 
september 2014 by warnick
Social Media and the "Spiral of Silence"
A new Pew report provides data to support what most of us know: "Overall, the findings indicate that ... social media did not provide new forums for those who might otherwise remain silent to express their opinions and debate issues. Further, if people thought their friends and followers in social media disagreed with them, they were less likely to say they would state their views..."
pew  socialmedia  onlinecommunities 
august 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
Twitter is not dying. It’s on the cusp of getting much bigger.
Will Oremus makes an important distinction between Facebook and Twitter: "Twitter is not a social network. Not primarily, anyway. It’s better described as a social media platform, with the emphasis on 'media platform.' And media platforms should not be judged by the same metrics as social networks."
slate  twitter  socialmedia  3844 
may 2014 by warnick
A Eulogy for Twitter
Adrienne LaFrance and Robinson Meyer, in the Atlantic: "The publishing platform that carried us into the mobile Internet age is receding. Its influence on publishing will remain, but the platform's place in Internet culture is changing in a way that feels irreversible and echoes the tradition of AIM and pre-2005 blogging."
twitter  socialmedia  atlanticmonthly 
may 2014 by warnick
Confronting the Myth of the 'Digital Native'
The Chronicle: "'It is problematic that there are so many assumptions about how just because a young person grew up with digital media, which in fact many have, that they are automatically savvy,' Ms. Hargittai says. 'That is simply not the case. There are increasing amounts of empirical evidence to suggest the contrary.'"
chronicle  socialmedia  digitalliteracies  3844  onlineidentity  digitalself 
april 2014 by warnick
New Social App Has Juicy Posts, All Anonymous
The NY Times covers Secret and its fatal flaw: "Because of the anonymity, it is never clear whether the posts are truthful."
nytimes  socialmedia  anonymity  truth  digitalculture 
april 2014 by warnick
How to Spot a Narcissist Online
Julie Beck, in the Atlantic: "Science has linked narcissism with high levels of activity on Facebook, Twitter, and Myspace (back in the day). But it's important to narrow in farther and distinguish what kinds of activity the narcissists are engaging in, since hours of scrolling through your news feed, though time-wasting, isn’t exactly self-centered. And people post online for different reasons. For example, Twitter has been shown to sometimes fulfill a need to connect with others. The trouble with determining what's normal and what's narcissism is that both sets of people generally engage in the same online behaviors, they just have different motives for doing so."
atlanticmonthly  socialmedia  narcissism  psychology 
march 2014 by warnick
Secret revealed: inside the most scandalous social network
The Verge profiles Secret: "The founders believe that if they keep users’ worst impulses under control, the network will thrive." Yeah, good luck with that.
socialmedia  theverge  anonymity 
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
Facebook of the Dead
Alexander Landfair in the Missouri Review: "Death’s unfixedness online suggests we don’t quite yet live in an Internet culture, though we say we do. The Internet Age won’t truly have arrived until social media accommodates the whole of human life, of which death is a fundamental part."
facebook  socialmedia  death  digitalself 
march 2014 by warnick
Twitter begins giving researchers access to its data
"Today we’re introducing a pilot project we’re calling Twitter Data Grants, through which we’ll give a handful of research institutions access to our public and historical data." That's a good start, but I wish it were more than a "handful of research institutions."
twitter  research  data  socialmedia 
march 2014 by warnick
Happier
Interesting new social media site: "Our first product is fun social gratitude journal combined with a positive community. Be encouraged to keep track of the happy moments in your day and get an uplifting boost whenever you need one."
happiness  socialmedia  psychology  digitalself 
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 botmaker who sees through the Internet
Interesting profile of Darius Kazemi in the Boston Globe: "Chances are you haven’t heard of Kazemi. But over the past two years, he has emerged as one of the most closely watched and pioneering figures at the intersection of technology, cultural commentary, and what feels to many like a new kind of Web-native art."
bostonglobe  twitter  bots  socialmedia  ianbogost 
january 2014 by warnick
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