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Julian Dibbell and Online Communities

Author and journalist Julian Dibbell examines the often-tenuous division between digital life and “reality” in his work on technology and online communities. His most recent book Play Money: Or How I Quit My Day Job and Made Millions Trading Virtual … Continue reading

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Kavita Philip: Piracy and Biopower

Associate Professor of Women’s Studies at UC Irvine Kavita Philip situates her research at the intersection of “science, technology, history, and theory.” Possessing an M. S. in Physics as well as a Ph. D. in Science and Technology Studies, Philip … Continue reading

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Suicide and Mediated Aggression towards Queer Youth

An article from the New Yorker this Monday takes a comprehensive look at the September suicide of gay Rutgers student Tyler Clementi. The article further details the ensuing court case against Tyler’s roommate who had Tweeted about using his computer … Continue reading

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Zach Blas and Queer Technologies

Zach Blas situates himself at the intersection of queer art and new media activism, mobilizing academic and popular discourse through prolific publications and projects such as Queer Technologies. Now a doctoral student specializing in Literature, Information Science & Information Studies, … Continue reading

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Online Multitasking and Tween Social Development

This week, a study conducted by Stanford University published results indicating that “tweenage” (8-12 year-old) girls who spend considerable time electronically multitasking (IMing, watching Youtube videos, posting on Facebook or MySpace) disproportionately suffer impediments to their social and emotional development. … Continue reading

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Labor, Digital Media, and Sexuality in the Work of Stephanie Rothenberg

Artist Stephanie Rothenberg consistently highlights the tenuous relationship between the human body and its mediated representation(s) through new computer technologies by creating interactive projects that often borrow their forms from existing “virtual world” programs like Second Life. Rothenberg, who holds … Continue reading

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C. J. Pascoe: Social Literacy and Mediated Authenticity

C.J. Pascoe’s research, like danah boyd’s, frames teens’ usage of digital and new media as developing a critical brand social “literacy” which complicates traditional models of youth affiliation, creativity, and intimacy (Hanging Out, Messing Around, and Geeking Out, 118). Now … Continue reading

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Co-Sponsored Event Next Week

On Monday, November 28 the Social Media Project will be co-sponsoring an event with the Contemporary Art Workshop. Two artists who work with social media and sexuality, Eijane Janet Lin and Michael Sirianni, will be presenting their work. The Contemporary … Continue reading

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danah boyd and Social Network Sites

danah boyd, Senior Researcher at Microsoft Research, Research Assistant Professor at NYU, a Visiting Researcher at Harvard Law School, and an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of New South Wales, focuses her research on how youth use social media, … Continue reading

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Finn Brunton and the Dead Media Archive

Assistant Professor of Digital Environments and the University of Michigan’s School of Information Finn Brunton conducts research on the social history of technology and is currently finishing his book The Spew: A History of Spam, set to be published in … Continue reading

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