Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age

While reading this weeks reading, Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age, I continuously thought of a dialogue that started happening when I was in high school between my mom and me. My mom will often ask, “have you talked to so and so? Or when was the last time you talked … More Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age

Privacy & Publicity

After reading this week, I was left thinking is a balance in surveillance between digital privacy and what is public even possible? Are all of the ideas and beliefs presented simply idealistic and utopian views? While boyd is largely referring to the surveillance of teenagers I think that her thoughts can be applied to the … More Privacy & Publicity

Affective Publics & The Affordance Effect

In Affective Publics: Sentiment, Technology, & Politics, Papacharissi engages in qualitative and quantitative methods to examine Twitter’s infrastructure and storytelling affordances in three case studies of affective publics that emerged within the Arab Spring protests, Occupy Wall Street movement, and everyday personal expressions, respectively. As I’ve watched events unfold since the writing of this book, … More Affective Publics & The Affordance Effect

Indian Country Telling a Story in a Digital Age

I found Indian Country Telling a Story in a Digital Age to be a necessary and interesting read. As a minority reading this book I found several points and aspects relatable. “Scholars note that American Indians have suffered much like African Americans because both groups have endured slavery and stripping of not only land, but … More Indian Country Telling a Story in a Digital Age

The Attention Merchants: The Epic Scramble to Get Inside Our Heads

The history of the slow, steady invasion and exploitation of our consciousness, whether by television commercials, war propaganda or tweets — is the subject of Tim Wu’s book, “The Attention Merchants: The Epic Scramble to Get Inside Our Heads.” He starts with the penny press newspapers of New York City, moves on to the peak … More The Attention Merchants: The Epic Scramble to Get Inside Our Heads

Digital Listening

“Digital Listening” sounds a little creepy and worrisome right? Well, at first I thought it did. In the first chapter Karpf argues, “some of the most important impacts of digital technology lie not in the capacity of disorganized masses to more easily speak, but in the capacity of new civil society organizations to more effectively … More Digital Listening

Social Media & Youth: Part Two

“By Any Media Necessary: The New Youth Activism” examines how contemporary American youth are utilizing new forms of communication, like social media and viral memes, to fight social issues, dispelling the notion that they’re uninterested in politics and current affairs. The book looks closely at five cases—Invisible Children and the Kony 2012 campaign, fan activism … More Social Media & Youth: Part Two

Social Media & Youth: Part One It’s Complicated

danah boyd starts off the introduction of her book It’s Complicated, by describing having experienced a powerful sense of déjà vu while attending a high school football game in Nashville, Tennessee. As I read her book I found myself in a similar situation, feeling a bit nostalgic. It wasn’t that long ago that I was … More Social Media & Youth: Part One It’s Complicated