Monthly Archives: August 2014

Interesting reads (weekly)

extract from Jamie Bartlett’s new book on internet trools, The Dark Net. (pdf format) This chapter opens with a description of how users of 4chan set out to exploit, humiliate and expose a girl who – from her willingness to … Continue reading

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Social media is humanising – it’s how we use it that can dehumanise

Discussions of what is and isn’t acceptable for publishing on social media (specifically Twitter and YouTube in current debates) are occupying much of my timeline. Articles written around the role social media played in disseminating images and messages following journalist James Foley‘s murder will … Continue reading

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Interesting reads (weekly)

What society are we building here? — BuzzMachine “When you see a troll or abuser online, what do you do about it? Do you egg on or ignore the miscreant? Do you shame the fool? Do you support the troll’s … Continue reading

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Newsrooms: Not what they were, but that’s no bad thing

Been catching up on some thinking around “what future for newspapers?” this week; this one by Michael Wolff was part-anguish and part-nostalgia and of the “on the one hand, [opinion], nevertheless, having said that [counter-opinion]…” school of writing. This one is a pretty unsentimental look at … Continue reading

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On ‘posting a blog’

It’s a small point, in the grand scheme of things, but when people ‘post a blog’ my day loses a little of its savour. Ancient (well, several years old, at least) blogger credo insists: You post a post to your [web]log; you do … Continue reading

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Interesting reads (weekly)

Twitter Testing Easier-To-Use Hashtags – WSJ “Twitter appears to be testing a feature that will better organize its chaotic world of hashtags” – Man, I *really* hope this happens. “ tags: Twitter hashtags Video social sharing: How do four of … Continue reading

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