Social Media

the Week of June 30, 2014
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We analyze how Facebook constructs sharing, explore how online protest is built, and critique media, safety and attribution on Twitter. We discuss moral panic and contested digital space, and anti-blackness and misogynoir on social networks. We expose how social media activism and women’s organization is co-opted to promote harmful legislation. We describe common derailing strategies used in the open source community, and think through what it means to be “visible” on the internet. Header image CC-BY Eric Fischer, cropped and filtered.

Social media logos for Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook, RSS, Blogger and others transposed on a series of rainbow-colored chalks.

Tweeting From Inside The Bell Jar

Grappling with social media’s dual nature as both an outlet and a trigger for depression.

Tweet from user Jason that reads: Consent n journalism? If you are a public figure (i would say over 10k twitter followers), you don't get to consent.

“Internet Famous”: Visibility As Violence On Social Media

How the fuck does your “meritocracy” explain this?

'Primary' and 'Replica' aren't especially bad choices, but they're also wrong. The correct terms are `master` and `slave`. They've been used in databases, hardware setups, server setups and god knows what else for god knows how long.

The Brogrammer’s Guide to Derailing

Soon enough, you'll have defeated all those misguided Social Justice Warriors, for the good of mankind (where mankind = brogrammers)!

Prints of multiple hashtag symbols on a concrete street.


Feminist Killjoys, #TwitterPanic, And AAPI Feminist Digital Disruption

A 4chan comment: 'Good. If you have been following the Twitter, you'll see that a witch hunt is now underway. They recognized that most /pol/ accounts were black bitches. So now any Twitter accounts that aren't college educated white girls are outed as being fake. It's the perfect response to #solidarityisforwhitewomen.'

“Raving Amazons”: Antiblackness and Misogynoir in Social Media

I can’t help but see historical parallels in the multiple forms of antiblack backlash Black women have received on social media over the past few years.

Screenshot of The Save Wįyąbi Mapping Project webpage. The map shows most of Canada and the United States. The map illustrates the number of unsolved missing and solved and unsolved murders of Indigenous women with glowing, numbered red circles transposed on the map. The numbers shown in this view total nearly 1000, with high concentrations in the southwest corner of Canada (317), and the upper Midwest US and bordering area of Canada (191).


Often absent from the mainstream discussion of global and domestic violence against women is the recognition of the state as a perpetrator.

A mobile phone with the Facebook login screen displayed.

Reckoning with a Decade of Breaking Things

The Zuckerberg Files and Facebook’s Enduring Contempt for the World

A large 3D hashtag erected by painted boards of wood against a concrete background.

More Than the Message

Media, Safety and Attribution in Online Activism

A student holds a sign that says No One Should Have to Live in Fear. Two students embrace in the background.

The Hashtag: Building #StandWithLeah

Powerful institutions speak two languages: media and money.

This issue is made possible in part by some of our generous readers: Cameron Russell, Michael Handler,Anil Dash, Leo Franchi, Christina Morillo, Chase Tingley, Keith Rarick and John Feminella.