Tag Archives: Facebook

Friends on Facebook for 46 Years: Experiencing Technical Difficulty Differently

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Where did the 46 Years come from? You didn’t become Facebook friends 46 years ago. So, where does the number come from. It isn’t random. It is a result of how time is calculated in computing. Unix Time is how most programmers calculate and store time. It is the number of seconds (not counting leap […]

Aligned Anxieties: Rethinking Critiques of the Internet through the Anxieties of Web Professionals

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The following is a paper I gave at the 2015 Theorizing the Web Conference on April 18. Below you will find: my presentation with audio, the video of the entire panel, and the backchannel conversation from Twitter. Thank you to the Theorizing the Web committee for putting on such a great conference and to the rest […]

The Problem Isn’t Just Facebook: It’s You Too.

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Lately, news of the Facebook emotional contagion study and Facebook Messenger’s permissions, have flooded feeds and inboxes. The former was a paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in June 2014. The paper described an experiment where the algorithm controlling some users’ news feeds were altered to show more “happy” or “sad” posts. Then, the subsequent […]

Virtual Communities, Selves and Others

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This semester I am taking a course in Digital Anthropology Dr. Josh Reno. We each have to lead discussion and write a short paper on one of the readings. Below is my short paper on one of this week’s readings. The Reading Boellstorff, Tom. 2012. Rethinking Digital Anthropology, in Digital Anthropology. Pp. 39-60. In “Rethinking […]

This Image Should NOT be Seen by the Whole World

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If your response is either “I shared it and this is not what I meant!” or “The ends justify the means!” then consider this: Follow Up Post Why is Chief Raoni Metuktire of Brazil’s Kayapó tribe crying? According to a popular meme, it is because he received devastating news about the Belo Monte hydroelectric dam. THIS IMAGE […]

[Online or Offline?] Part II: Do you have to be using the Internet to be online?

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Go to Part I: [Online or Offline?] Part I: Residue of the Past Mike Rugnetta says no and I agree. In part one of this post series, I wrote about how many users think about digital data and tools as digital replicates of tangible tools and content because they learned computing during a transitional period between […]

Identity Making with Pinterest

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Do you Pinterest? I do. I find it incredibly addicting. I started pinning this fall after a colleague suggested that I might enjoy Pinterest. So, I headed over to the Pinterest.com homepage and requested an invitation. It arrived the next day and I signed in. At first, I was not sure for what I was […]

Facebook Page for How to be an Anthropologist

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How to be an Anthropologist on Facebook I have been receiving a lot of traffic from Facebook lately. So, I have set up a page for How to be an Anthropologist on Facebook. Just another way to stay in touch. On the new page, you will find all of my new posts and the items I share […]

Ethan Zuckerman on Social Media and Activism

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Today has been a great day for shared videos. Thanks to Carmel Vaisman for sharing.