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Trump Isn’t the Only One Blocking Constituents on Twitter

As elected officials turn to social media to communicate with voters, some legislators are blocking those who disagree with them. Critics say this violates the First Amendment.

Posted on Jun 8, 2017 READ MORE



Marines’ ‘Always Faithful’ Motto Doesn’t Apply to Fellow Females

Online nude-photo scandal underscores a pigheaded cluelessness about women in the ranks.

Posted on Jun 4, 2017 READ MORE



Months After Calling the Prospect ‘Crazy,’ Facebook Brags About Its Ability to Swing Elections

A “made-for-Facebook creative strategy was an essential component” to Pennsylvania GOP Sen. Pat Toomey’s re-election, the company says.

Posted on Mar 4, 2017 READ MORE



Snapchat’s Hometown Protests Company’s Presence

Snap Inc. just had a profitable first day trading on the stock market, but one Southern California neighborhood is fighting the gentrification that comes with hosting a tech giant.

Posted on Mar 3, 2017 READ MORE



Via Twitter, National Parks Service and NASA Defy Trump’s Gag on Climate Change Information

Many in the scientific community are also spreading word of an upcoming “Scientists March on Washington.”

Posted on Jan 25, 2017 READ MORE



Internet Helps Afghan Women Find Their Voices in Battle for Equality

In a country considered one of the worst places on earth to be female, social media gives women a way to air and share their views.

Posted on Jan 18, 2017 READ MORE


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Tech, Social Media Giants Create Task Force to Identify and Delete Online Terrorist Content

YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Microsoft have announced they will create a database—accessible by only the four companies—that shares “online terrorist content” deleted from their respective sites.

Posted on Dec 6, 2016 READ MORE



Bad Faith Comes From More Than One Corner

Defeat has many parents, and buck-passing cannot be the national pastime.

Posted on Nov 22, 2016 READ MORE


In His Final Show of the Year, John Oliver Asks What Happened and How Did We Get Here (Video)

The entire “Last Week Tonight” episode was dedicated to making sense of Donald Trump’s election by analyzing the roles of media and social media in our society, as well as asking viewers not to let an extremely abnormal situation become normalized. And then the host and many others yelled expletives at a terrible, good for nothing year: 2016.

Posted on Nov 13, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Dozens of Groups Call on Facebook to End Censorship

As the social media giant comes under fire for its alleged censorship and tracking of activists and protesters, a coalition of more than 70 groups and individuals has demanded that it “clarify its policy on removing video and other content, especially human rights documentation, at the request of government actors.”

Posted on Oct 31, 2016 READ MORE


Third-Party Vice Presidential Nominees, Left Out of the Debate, Turn to Social Media

The Green Party and the Libertarian Party, largely ignored by the mainstream media and barred from the debate stage, use Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat and other internet platforms.

Posted on Oct 4, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Third-Party Candidates, Excluded From the Debates, Participate Via Social Media

Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein and Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson took to Twitter and utilized Facebook’s live-streaming service to share their reactions to the first of the presidential debates.

Posted on Sep 27, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



The 2016 Presidential Election ‘Did Not Take Place’

The French sociologist and philosopher Jean Baudrillard wrote that for Western audiences, the Gulf War was a staged television conflict. But if that was a TV spectacle, the 2016 election is much more of one.

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Posted on Sep 4, 2016 ENLARGE



The Convenience of Customized Advertising May Come at a High Price

Further erosions of privacy are likely as companies develop more and better methods for gathering information on internet users.

Posted on Jul 6, 2016 READ MORE



The Real Digital Divide Afflicting American Politics

Rather than creating a community, the internet and social media have divided and disengaged us and set our politics adrift.

Posted on Jun 30, 2016 READ MORE



U.S. Border Patrol Could Start Asking for Social Media Account Information

The agency is proposing that visitors to the U.S. provide “information associated with [their] online presence” on visa applications.

Posted on Jun 29, 2016 READ MORE



How Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and Others Used Social Media to Reframe News of Orlando Shooting

The Orlando massacre apparently looked quite different depending on the positions and ambitions of the various high-profile parties doing the work of interpreting Sunday’s tragedy.

Posted on Jun 12, 2016 READ MORE



Former NBA Player Calls Out Racist Train Rider

Etan Thomas, who once played for the Wizards, took to Facebook after a woman allegedly refused to let him take the seat next to her.

Posted on May 26, 2016 READ MORE



Judge Rules Edward Nero Not Guilty in Freddie Gray Case, but Social Media Disagrees

Twitter users from diverse backgrounds condemned the American justice system with the trending hashtag #NeroTrial.

Posted on May 24, 2016 READ MORE



Glenn Beck: Facebook Meeting Felt ‘Like Affirmative Action for Conservatives’

The political pundit believes the tech company is not suppressing any political viewpoints, but he sees some troubling signs with the movement he loves.

Posted on May 20, 2016 READ MORE



Facebook Needs to Be an Open Book on News Feeds

Charges that workers at the social media giant manipulated story choices should deeply concern its users.

Posted on May 12, 2016 READ MORE



Donald Trump, the Emperor of Social Media

As FDR mastered radio and JFK conquered TV, Donald Trump rules the Internet like no other candidate.

Posted on May 1, 2016 READ MORE



Two Weeks Into a Major Uprising, French Activists Still Staying ‘Up All Night’

Like the Occupy Wall Street movement, the Paris “Nuit Debout” protests over labor reforms are fueled by social media, which allow people to communicate instantly with one another and bypass corporate media when it ignores them.

Posted on Apr 14, 2016 READ MORE


Cable News Not Covering Government Corruption Protests in Washington, D.C. (Video)

Democracy Spring is all about reforming campaign finance laws in the United States. But although the movement is gaining momentum, mainstream media coverage remains scant.

Posted on Apr 13, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Stop, Breathe and Think: Tips for Effective Pre-Election Posting

Those who are active on social media during this contentious presidential campaign may find themselves either firing off or being hit with nasty language, or both. Here’s some advice for more civilized participation in online exchanges.

Posted on Mar 13, 2016 READ MORE



Today’s Causes Veer Toward Powerful Tweets, Away From Powerful Leaders

The protests of older generations—the 1960s civil rights movement, for example—were led by movement icons such as Martin Luther King Jr., but now the reach and power of social media give virtually everyone the chance to become a movement leader or influencer. 

Posted on Feb 2, 2016 READ MORE



Donald Trump Explains It All: Post-Iowa Caucus Edition

By any pollster’s gauge, the schadenfreude factor was off the charts on Trump’s social media platform of choice (that would be Twitter) and in various news outlets Tuesday following his bruising defeat by Ted Cruz in Iowa the night before.

Posted on Feb 2, 2016 READ MORE



Small-Scale Violations of Medical Privacy Often Cause the Most Harm

Breaches that expose the health details of just a patient or two are proliferating nationwide. Regulators focus on larger privacy violations and rarely take action on small ones, despite the harm.

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Jon Stewart: Donald Trump Is an ‘Internet Comment Troll’ Running for President

“Are we really doing this Donald Trump thing? We’re really doing that as a country?” the former “Daily Show” host said of the GOP presidential front-runner.

Posted on Nov 13, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: How a Tattoo-Themed Prank on Jeb Bush’s Campaign Became Absurdist Performance Art

This is the story of a prank about a neck “tattoo” that simultaneously became the Jeb Bush campaign’s social media nightmare and really great comedy for the joker behind it.

Posted on Nov 12, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Reclaiming Conversation

We live in a world of incessant connection, and for all the communication it supposedly provides, it’s destroying open-ended conversation. “We are being silenced by our technologies,” Sherry Turkle writes in a new book.

Posted on Oct 23, 2015 READ MORE



‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Trailer Sparks Race-Based Twitter Battle

Last time we checked, it was the year 2015, but apparently the Internet-enabled white supremacists who formulated the Twitter hashtag #BoycottStarWarsVII, along with the associated cyber-campaign, have yet to catch up with the fact that entertainment products don’t exist solely for their enjoyment.

Posted on Oct 20, 2015 READ MORE



Authorities Shift Blame for Certain Fatal Police Shootings Onto the Dead

Several fatal shootings by police around the U.S. are being ruled as “suicides by cop.” Are officials too eager to explain away the use of deadly force?

Posted on Oct 6, 2015 READ MORE



A ‘Yelp’-Style App for Rating People Is Coming, and It’s Absolutely Terrifying

Set to launch in November, the “Peeple” app will allow you to rate everyone in your life on a scale of one to five stars—and, of course, they’ll be able to do the same to you.

Posted on Sep 30, 2015 READ MORE



What You Need to Know About David Cameron’s #Piggate, the Controversy Sweeping the U.K.

The British prime minister has been caught in a media storm after a former billionaire Tory donor released pages from his tell-all book. While some of the allegations may point toward corruption, the one that has the Twitterverse laughing nonstop involves a dead pig and Cameron’s private parts.

Posted on Sep 21, 2015 READ MORE



Trending on Twitter: Blocking Access to Politicians’ Deleted Tweets

The social media giant’s decision to end public access to its websites that archive politicians’ deleted tweets alarms transparency advocates.

Posted on Aug 28, 2015 READ MORE



Facebook Is Diving Into the Presidential Race. Yes, You Should Be Worried.

Experts say, for instance, that if the social media behemoth knows you’re a liberal woman in Oregon who wants to protect the environment, it can tailor ads to make a politician appear to be in line with your ideals, even if that isn’t entirely the case.

Posted on Aug 14, 2015 READ MORE



Real or Fake: Does the Beme App Live Up to Its Promise of ‘Authentic’ Social Media?

The release a couple of weeks ago of Casey Neistat’s new app has been met with fawning media coverage, and most of it falls headfirst for the premise that this is a tool that allows social media users to access—and exhibit—our “real selves.”

Posted on Aug 13, 2015 READ MORE



African-Americans Make Up Less Than 2 Percent of Facebook and Twitter Staff

Despite the rainbow nature of their users, recent statistics reveal a staggering lack of workforce diversity.

Posted on Jul 2, 2015 READ MORE



Emoti-Conned: Facebook’s Messenger App Tracks Users’ Very Specific Coordinates

Facebook users who already feel a tad ambivalent about the social media behemoth’s extensive privacy issues might want to sit down for this squirm-inducing update on that front.

Posted on May 28, 2015 READ MORE



David Cameron Unleashes Frightening Attack on ‘Tolerance’ Through Proposed Extremism Laws

The British prime minister has drawn criticism from civil liberties groups that claim the ban on “extremists” could be adapted to cover anyone, including protesters the government disagrees with.

Posted on May 13, 2015 READ MORE



Noam Chomsky on the Corporatization and ‘Death’ of American Universities

The father of modern linguistics weighs in on the decline of higher education in the United States; a writer criticizes the state of dissent from the left in Israel; meanwhile, a new Republican social media campaign backfires. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Oct 8, 2014 READ MORE



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How Much of Your Data Would You Trade for a Free Cookie?

In a highly unscientific but delicious experiment last weekend, 380 New Yorkers gave up sensitive personal information—from fingerprints to partial Social Security numbers—for a cookie.

Posted on Oct 1, 2014 READ MORE


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