How we've recreated the channels of the past in the social media of today.
The early signs of Russian interference in Western politics were there - why didn’t we take them more seriously?
Publishers who trick Facebook users into click on articles are about to get a newsfeed shock.
Twitter is failing to grow its number of active users - can the service find a new, compelling offering?
Instagram is remaking our places, as entrepreneurs make their properties selfie-friendly…
How authentic are those beautiful Instagram images?
Nature takes aim at the prevaling “wisdom” that the younger generation are more digitally adept:
But a paper published last month in Teaching and Teacher Education reaches the opposite conclusion. The digital native is a myth, it claims: a yeti with a smartphone.
The phrase “digital native” is a great bozo test: anyone using it these days is probably a bozo who hasn’t done their research.
Turning your family into your influencer marketing business…
Talking of trolling, the New Yorker published an interesting piece by Adrian Chen, looking at what happened when a pro-Trump Reddit-dwelling troll was suddenly brought into the glare of publicity when his Gif went viral — and his true identity was established.
Suddenly, his behavior became more than pixels on a screen. It had consequences:
For HanAssholeSolo, though, his gif episode showed him what most of us instinctively know—that our online lives are intricately woven into our real ones, and that freedom of speech is not an excuse for a lack of empathy, even “behind a keyboard.” This was “an extreme wake up call,” he wrote in his apology. “To people who troll on the Internet for fun, consider your words and actions conveyed in your message and who it might upset or anger. Put yourself in their shoes before you post it.”
If there’s one thing that these trolls and the traditional media have had in common for a long time, it’s been the idea that virtual interactions were in some way inferior to physical one, that they counted less – if at all.
Both groups are slowly learning how very untrue that idea is.
Do persistent trolls have discernible psychological characteristics? Some research suggests they might…