Articles tagged social media

Could YouTube Help Bernie Sanders—and Hurt Hillary Clinton?

Hillary Clinton may be the Democratic establishment's favorite, but on the Internet, social media users are feelin' the Bern.

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Some Memories Just Won’t Be Released in ‘Unfriended’

Unfriended successfully updates horror movie conventions for a social media savvy audience.

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What’s So Scary About Data Management, Psychology and Social Groups?

Robert Charles Wilson's The Affinities has subtle and intelligent writing, dedication to character, and believability -- and a message.

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Jon Ronson and the Outcry Over Outrage

This book warns us that, in an increasingly rough online culture, we might well end up being ashamed of being shameless if we shame others.

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‘Unfriended’, Social Media, and the Horror of Sharing Too Much

Unfriended raises a few good questions concerning how social media works, how it is used, and also how it shapes experience.

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Guy Kawasaki on the Art of Social Media

Guy Kawasaki defines “good stuff” to post online, and how to really get more followers. (Hint: don’t pay for them!)

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In Defense of Ann Hornaday, No Matter What Judd Apatow and Seth Rogen Say

The Washington Post film critic wasn't wrong in wondering aloud about the impact Hollywood can have on the typical young male.

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On Madonna’s Art for Freedom: Why You Can’t Change the World with a Tweet

Madonna's Art for Freedom project proves that social media is not a productive tool for activists who want to impact public policy and alleviate human rights violations.

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How Live-Streaming Social Media Websites Complicate the Male Gaze

Teenagers use social media to escape the control of authority figures, engage in sexual behavior with peers, and entertain anonymous strangers. Is this a problem?

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Does Tinder Transform Dating Culture?

Tinder’s popularity is proof that people are turning to social media technologies to increase their chances of finding a mate... or at least a friend for the night.

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The Sound of Silence: On Rolling Stone’s ‘Bomber’ Cover

Joseph Fisher examines the controversy over Rolling Stone's Dzhokhar Tsarnaev cover issue, as well as the lack of response from the indie music publishing world.

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We Are Ensnared in the Sticky Web of Control: ‘24/7: Late Capitalism and the Ends of Sleep’

In his important new book, visual culture theorist Jonathan Crary tells us that rather than herald a new age of freedom and self-determination, the new media technologies have ensnared us in a stickier web of control.

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30 Jan 2012 // 12:35 PM

I think the logical extension of the data self -- the self that is secure with itself only to the extent that it is constituted in social media as manipulatable data -- will be for Twitter to come preloaded with plausible friends, Facebook preloaded with life experiences, or at least preordained slots of experiences a user is supposed to have.

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4 Nov 2011 // 12:35 PM

Occupy Wall Street, brought to you by social media

SAN JOSE, Calif. — This revolution is being Tweeted. Occupy Wall Street has spread around the country with keyboard-clicking quickness as participants tap into Twitter, Facebook

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25 May 2011 // 9:00 PM

When Superheroes Die

The death of Randy Poffo, aka Macho Man Randy Savage, once again revealed the dark history of professional wrestling. A history replete with drug abuse, murder and suicide. In this essay a writer and fan explores the varied reactions to Savage's death; a death which created more questions than answers.

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Tweeting Osama: Twitter, Facebook have different roles when news develops

CHICAGO — In the middle of Sunday night’s online explosion of reactions to Osama bin Laden’s death, Lady Gaga tweeted, “Are monsters ready for

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‘Summer Wars’: The Family That Plays Together Stays Together

This week we put on our film studies hats again to talk about the representation of social media and network gaming in Mamoru Hosoda's most recent animated feature film, Summer Wars.

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8 Nov 2010 // 7:21 AM

SAN FRANCISCO — Seventeen years ago, Marc Andreessen developed the Netscape browser that ushered millions of people onto the Internet for the first time. Now a

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Ironically Facebook and Its 500 Million Friends Remain Largely a Mystery

In the beginning, Mark Zuckerberg was a socially-awkward teenager, a computer science major at Harvard University, who arrived toting an eight-foot-long whiteboard as a brainstorming tool...

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What Would Happen If You Threw a Revolution and Everyone Showed Up? You’d Have a Cognitive Surplus

Clay Shirky's 'Cognitive Surplus' is presently the #1 selling book on Amazon in three categories. Sound smart at your next cocktail party by reading this review instead of the book.

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//Mixed media

Because Blood Is Drama: Considering Carnage in Video Games and Other Media

// Moving Pixels

"It's easy to dismiss blood and violence as salacious without considering why it is there, what its context is, and what it might communicate.

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