RoundUp

  • 14th January 2017

    Coming to terms with digital grief: hashtags and emojis are here to stay

    I was on a train when the news broke from Brussels of a deadly terrorist attack. It was a fast developing story and, as is so often the case with today’s breaking news, social media was keeping pace with it far more efficiently than the “official” news outlets. But it’s...

  • 13th January 2017

    10 reasons why Google+ will never be Facebook

    Google is hoping that the saying “if at first you don’t succeed, try, try, again” will work out for them with Google+. Launched as a private beta version on Tuesday, Google+ is the search giant’s latest attempt at a version of Facebook. The company has tried this before with products...

  • 13th January 2017

    A new way to share – why Pinterest isn’t just another social network

    “I’m still trying to understand the whole thing but there must be something to it. It’s really popular!” That’s my sister-in-law writing on Facebook in late January about Pinterest – one of the real up-and-comers in the world of social media. In case you haven’t succumbed, Pinterest is a virtual...

  • 12th January 2017

    Why is Brazil trying to block WhatsApp?

    The debate about online privacy versus the battle against crime was given new life this week with an attempt in Brazil to ban the popular messaging application WhatsApp. A well-known and strict judge in a regional area of Brazil issued a court order banning WhatsApp for 72 hours in the...

  • 12th January 2017

    10 ways the tech industry and the media helped create President Trump

    Three weeks after Donald Trump won a historic victory to become the 45th president of the United States, the media postmortems continue. In particular, the role played by the media and technology industries is coming under heavy scrutiny in the press, with Facebook’s role in the rise of fake news...

  • 11th January 2017

    Logging out? Why young people love to hate Facebook

    Researchers,  journalists writing about research, and young people themselves have been writing about the perceived decline of Facebook for a while now. Young people are leaving Facebook in droves; Facebook is no longer hip with the kids; Facebook is dead. As 19-year-old Andrew Watts described it, Facebook is: … an...

  • 10th January 2017

    Feeling so emotional: why we rage about religion on Facebook

    On Christmas Day, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg used his website to tell the world that he was not an atheist any more. In this way, the billionaire used Facebook to express his feelings about religion, like many social media users before him. My research shows how debates about religion on...

  • 10th January 2017

    How Twitter bots affected the US presidential campaign

    Key to democracy is public engagement – when people discuss the issues of the day with each other openly, honestly and without outside influence. But what happens when large numbers of participants in that conversation are biased robots created by unseen groups with unknown agendas? As my research has found,...

  • 9th January 2017

    Grattan on Friday: Sometimes, sexism gets the reward it deserves

    Four years after her famous “misogyny speech” attacking Tony Abbott, and when an extraordinary American presidential campaign is featuring gender in both a good and a bad way, Julia Gillard reflected this week on her experience as a woman at the top. Speaking in London at a memorial for Jo...

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