Online activism is a frequently debated topic amongst journalists and researchers alike. What effect can a popular Twitter hashtag really have in achieving political or social change? Wasim Ahmed looks in depth at last year’s heavily tweeted #ThisIsACoup hashtag. While concrete outcomes may still be indeterminate, it is clear social media is now a rich space for activism, expressions of solidarity […]
Social media has become infrastructural to our society in a very literal sense, argues Tero Karppi. Computer systems are making decisions for us quicker than we can comprehend and a single tweet can knock billions off the stock market. Studying smaller failures and crashes helps us challenge and take control of this situation, hopefully before the next major crash.
Sometimes a tweet can […]
Graphic images of the senseless tragedy in Woolwich on Wednesday were displayed prominently by the mainstream media. Charlie Beckett asks whether the media should have done this or if some images are better left unpublished. Should the media have shown the images of the Woolwich attacker? For me the simple answer is ‘yes’, but that each of these cases must be put […]
In recent years many commentators have argued that social media will transform the processes through which social movements form and take action. Jamie Bartlett argues that recent evidence suggests this long heralded shift is starting to take place within the UK, echoing changes taking place elsewhere in Europe. Analysts – academics among them of course – have long argued that mass communication through […]
In Life after New Media, Sarah Kember and Joanna Zylinska make a case for a significant shift in our understanding of new media. They argue that we should move beyond our fascination with objects such as smart phones to an examination of the interlocking technical, social, and biological processes of mediation. Kim Toffoletti believes this ambitious project succeeds in convincing us to […]
Positive unemployment figures but questionable long term prospects? Top 5 blogs you might have missed this week
Duncan Weldon cautions that the positive unemployment figures should not distract us from falling wages and productivity.
Tim Roca argues that, even with devolution as it currently understands, the UK is still one of the most centralised countries in the world and is dominated by London.
Alex Massie offers a defence of Hilary Mantel, observing that her much discussed comments about Kate […]
Within a few years social media has become an ordinary part of our everyday lives. So too increasingly have fears about the impact this technology has had on privacy. In Social Media As Surveillance Daniel Trottier presents empirical research with a range of interested parties, using this a basis to explore the relationship between social media and surveillance. Paul Bernal found the book impressive and timely, […]
Elizabeth Cotton reflects on a series of posts written for this site on wellbeing and the workplace. The six articles have been compiled into an eCollection that can be downloaded in PDF format. One year on from these original six blogs and I’ve learned a lot about surviving work through blogging. As a life-long member of Team Neurotic I had never […]