The videos of TikToks can easily reach billions. But because the app won’t share what’s popular, we don’t know just what the world is watching.
Tag: Social Media
“We can ask why Squid Game was so popular. But really we should be asking how any show becomes a global success at all.”
Tech titans gained power and wealth from the accumulation of data, but that doesn’t mean they are equipped to be long-term stewards of personal and collective memories.
“Why do we want our characters to be innocent, as if we are innocent ourselves?”
“We’ve never had a period like this in modern American history,” lamented Governor DeSantis in April 2020, one with “such little new content.”
“Campaigns matter in part because of who meets whom, about the social networks that are shaped by that campaign as well as shaping it.”
Figuring out how people became fascists was the aim of Adorno and his colleagues’ 1950 study, The Authoritarian Personality. Has the answer changed?
“I am supposed to be writing this essay, ostensibly on technology, but not for the first time, I believe I am unable to write; and not writing, doubt that I will I ever write again.”
Anthropology’s attention to the granular texture of someone’s life is a beautiful training for being a fiction writer.
When the internet is in everything, its problems are everywhere.
Humans can adapt to almost anything. So if social media forces us into permanently hostile camps, we will learn to stop seeing any other way.
What kind of social space are we inhabiting when we’re online? How do practices like data collection, data brokering, and surveillance underwrite the “free” services we enjoy?
What exactly are we doing when we’re spending time online? Who profits from our presence there?
What if today’s self-centered world was born decades before digital media, as part of a much longer transformation of American society?
A professor of history at Grand View University in Des Moines, Iowa, and the ...
It happens every year. Besides the “Best of” lists that heave into view as early as late November, there are the conspicuous “Worst of” lists. Contrary to their tone, these lists also itemize the ...
Most of the people I follow on Twitter are medievalists, even though I’m not a medievalist myself. Far from it: my research focuses on the 20th and 21st ...
As a graduate student, Jo Livingstone realized early that an ...
Siva Vaidhyanathan has built a career as a media studies and communications ...
“On or around December 1910,” Virginia Woolf famously said, “human character changed.” If my memories of December 2010 serve, that’s when social media ...