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“This is America” – Childish Gambino’s Masterful Visual Thinkpiece

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Social Media Technology

The internet and the future of culture and society

I thoroughly enjoyed watching this discussion between author Andrew Keen (who is one of the few people in the public sphere who argues that technology is debasing, rather than enhancing, culture) and Leo Laporte and Tom Merritt, hosts of an online technology-focused show called Triangulation. With discussions being so polarized these days, it refreshing to […]

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Facebook and stalkers

This photo made me laugh. You know who you are.

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Social Media Thinking

The end of either/or thinking

In the days where you stayed in the same place for your whole life, where everyone was pretty much like you in terms of class, race and socio-economic background, either/or thinking had its place. It was easy then to do the “us” v “them” dance, the black v white jig, or the ‘us’ and ‘other’ […]

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Social Media

Social media, sharing and the erosion of personal boundaries

Early this year, I deactivated my Facebook account. I’d been on the social network before it was the phenomenon that it is now, when it was an invitation-only Ivy-League platform. That was in 2006. Back then I was returning to London from living in South Africa and decided to open an account in order to […]

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Social Media & Magpie culture

The Magpie bird is known for its love of bright, shiny objects. Magpies instinctively flock and flutter, as fast as they can, towards shiny objects. They have an insatiable need to grab hold of and possess (they often steal) that gleaming thing. (They are also, by the way, considered to be bad omens.) As I watch the proliferation of […]