Ana Marie Cox

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Cicero’s Web: How Social Media Was Born in Ancient Rome

We’ve already seen that modern social media come from a long lineage of primitive predecessors — from the florilegia of the Middle Ages, which predated Tumblr by half a millennium, to Voltaire’s Republic of Letters, the Facebook of its day, to Edison’s early “viral” cat videos to Félix Fénéon’s …

Eerie Photos Reveal A New Kind Of Loneliness In The Digital Age

The age of social media has introduced the world to a new and ever more nebulous communication practice. No longer do we need to speak, listen or see another human being, we can simply bask in the inviting light of a computer screen, connecting to others through the use of man's digital best friend …

Helping New Moms, One Text At A Time

My journey working in maternal and child health began almost two years ago. Although I was aware of the various health disparities women face every day, I was shocked to learn that there are so many who struggle to have a healthy pregnancy. I've seen the simple, yet momentous occasions when many of …

Her: the movie every internet addict should be forced to watch

I have lived in Britain long enough to know that enthusiasm and cheerleading will never get you much credibility here – deprecation, misanthropy and a dash of inverse snobbery are the far cooler attitudes to adopt – so I apologise for the upcoming expression of total and unabashed positivity: there …

'Selfies With Homeless People'

Today in selfie sadness: images that treat sleeping humans as scenery<p>Selfies at Funerals. Selfies at Serious Places. Selfies Before Teachers Who Are Going Into Labor. Selfies Before Suicide Attempts. Here's another one to add to the collection: Selfies With Homeless People.<p>The phenomenon is exactly …

We Are Just Not Here Anymore

At weddings, guests tweet real-time photos of the festivities to friends far away. At sporting events, fans follow scores of games in other cities. In classrooms, students text with friends in other classes and parents out in the world. At funerals, mourners send out selfies to pals in other places.<p>…

Can social media help save the world’s endangered languages?

In Oklahoma last week, Emily Johnson Dickerson passed away at the age of 93. She was the last monolingual Chickasaw speaker. The number of fluent …

Sure, rudeness may be a first-world problem. But there's a reason for that

The other day I was in a coffee shop when a man hovering over me said, "Hi, I'm going to ask you a favor. Can you move over there?" He jerked his head at a neighboring table. "Since I have a stroller." There was something about his tone (as well as his lack of "sorry" or "please") that made me …

Internet trolls are also real-life trolls

My brother and I have a childhood history of internet trolling under our belts. Innocent enough, yes – but disruptive nonetheless. From the same room at our parents’ house, we’d play Yahoo! Graffiti(the internet’s version of Pictionary). The word was “dinosaur” and it was his turn to draw. He’d …

Americans can't live without the web – but social media is a different story

New Pew study shows US an increasingly digital society, but Americans view social media and the internet very differently<p>With its 25th birthday coming up in March, the internet is the most popular millennial in America.<p>New data from the Pew Research Internet Project illustrates America’s embrace of …

My High School No Longer Holds Dances Because Students Would Rather Stay Home And Text Each Other

Your high school may have had different names for them, but you probably recognize what they are: school dances. A staple of American culture, the dramatic climax of countless high-school movies, and the background of so many of teenage memories.<p>The dances were something to look forward to.<p>In 2001, …

Italian hand gestures trump deaf sign language

<b>In Italy, the local sign language for deaf people isn't legally recognised. But the well-known, expressive hand gestures have their own dictionary and wider appeal, to the frustration of deaf people.</b><p>There are many things we associate with Italian culture - espresso coffee, scooters, gelato, …

Stephen Colbert and the Day Twitter Ate Itself

An entirely fabricated controversy on Twitter fed Stephen Colbert directly to a cannibalistic outrage machine — and mixed up his message in the process.<p><b>Today, the world of Twitter</b> awoke to what is perhaps the stupidest hashtag movement in history.<p>Stephen Colbert is under fire because his show's …

Facebook's fake-name fight grows as users skirt the rules

Facebook users are getting creative about evading the social network's real name policy.<p>There's an unending siege of fake name trends on Facebook. It has been cool at various times to insert an adjective for a middle name, abbreviate your initials, or remove vowels; legions of tween girls have …

The Visual Life of Occupy Wall Street - MIT Comparative Media Studies/Writing

Pepper Spray Cop placed into “Christina’s World”, a 1948 painting by American painter Andrew Wyeth.<p>Many visual tropes have accompanied Occupy Wall …

5 Vintage Versions of Modern Social Media from Centuries Ago

We’ve previously made the case that everything builds on what came before, yet our human tendency is to inflate and overestimate the novelty of our ideas. Today, we turn to five concepts from the centuries of yore remarkably similar to the central premises of five of today’s social web darlings, in …

The Future of Civil Disobedience Online

Familiar political tools like petitions, fundraisers, mass letter-writing, call-in campaigns now have online equivalents. But what about protest …

Which Messages Go Viral and Which Ones Don’t

A recent study demonstrated that we can successfully predict which messages will go viral and which will not. This study showed that the ideas that are destined to spread have a characteristic signature at their origin — that is, quite literally, within the brain of the sender. These messages …

Improve Decision-Making With Help From the Crowd

Most decisions in organizations are made by escalating them up the management hierarchy — and it’s usually the highest paid person in the room’s opinion (“HIPPO”) that prevails. The HIPPO model of decision-making will likely always be with us. But with the rise of digital technology, and with it …

Feminism’s Toxic Twitter Wars

In the summer of 2012, twenty-one feminist bloggers and online activists gathered at Barnard College for a meeting that would soon become infamous. …

Feminism

Occupy Wall Street's Final Implosion

<b>Updated 3:47 p.m., Feb. 8</b><p>Occupy Wall Street is dead — but its Twitter account is alive, and it's become a fascinating hotbed of infighting between rival factions of the group that once slept out in New York's Zuccotti Park.<p>Activist Justine Tunney, a Google engineer, has wrested control of the main …

Wall Street

A BuzzFeed in a Box: The Person Behind ViralNova

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>ViralNova came out of nowhere. A collection of image-heavy, emotionally manipulating posts …

Adweek

Resolved: GIFs Are Actually Important

A Q&A with the makers of Pop, the new app that lets you talk in text, pictures, videos ... and GIFs<p>There's something silly about GIFs. Perhaps it's the smell of the early, weird web. Or maybe it's in the nature of the loop itself. Or perhaps we think that such short clips cannot be meaningful, even …

How politics makes us stupid - Vox

In April and May of 2013, Yale Law professor Dan Kahan — working with coauthors Ellen Peters, Erica Cantrell Dawson, and Paul Slovic — set out to test a question that continuously puzzles scientists: why isn’t good evidence more effective in resolving political debates? For instance, why doesn’t …

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OpenGov Hack Night: Apps that Advocate

During the OpenGov Hack Night on March 4th, the political lobbying group FWD.US presented on how they’re using digital tools to adovcate their goals …

The despicable rise of conservative pranksters: Race-baiting & conspiracy theories in the age of Obama

<b>Glenn Beck, James O'Keefe (Jeff Malet, maletphoto.com/AP/Bill Haber)</b><p>How Glenn Beck and James O’Keefe perfected a bizarre — and dangerous — new brand of conservative anger<p>Kembrew McLeod<p>April 1, 2014 3:42pm (UTC)<p>Excerpted from “Pranksters: Making Mischief in the Modern World”<p>The history of political …