Story | Mar 25, 2015 | 8:49 AM
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Social media theorist Nathan Jurgenson talks digital dualism, slacktivism, and why 'Videodrome' is the best movie about social mediaStory | Mar 25, 2015 | 3:26 PMSocial media matters. Twitter isn't a waste of time and an application like Yik Yak is a useful and arguably, a vital outlet for anonymous speech (as Jordan Sargent over at Gawker proved when he used messages from the app to highlight students of Jerry Falwell's Liberty University criticizing Ted Cruz during his announcement that he was going to run for president). These are the sort of fairly obvious assertions that shock many, but Nathan Jurgenson, the Social Media Theorist at Snapchat and Contributing Editor for the New Inquiry who speaks at Stevenson University tomorrow night, treats them as a given. See, he's less interested in "defending" these elements of the digital realm than he is in explaining how we have to stop seeing things like Twitter as separate from so-called "real life." He challenges the idea that there's "an online world and an offline world," the perspective he has called "digital dualism." What's especially refreshing about Jurgenson's perspective is that it avoids the often clueless, class-and-race-ignoring qualities of so much tech utopianism for a firm and thoughtful philosophical view of how technology is a part of our lives.
Story | Mar 17, 2015 | 5:21 PM
On International Women's Day, activists keep attention on prisons, police brutality, and women heroes throughout history
Story | Mar 9, 2015 | 12:43 PM
Story | Feb 17, 2015 | 3:31 PM