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Free speech & white supremacy: boo(t)ing Nazis on the web

17
Aug,2017

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Many of my friends and contacts have been celebrating the decisions of companies to fire people identified at the Charlottesville white supremacy rally. Of course, that’s been happening based on intelligence gathered from social pools on the internet–and, like normal,…

Cross-post: Anti-vaccine attitudes & motivated reasoning

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Aug,2017

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See original post here Many people believe that climate change is fake, that the earth is only a few thousand years old, and that vaccines cause autism. Scientists, intellectuals, and politically liberal people find that more than odd. In conversations…

Thinking about Reddit

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Mar,2014

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I spend a lot of time on Reddit lately.  If you aren’t familiar with the site, you really should poke around for a few minutes.  It’s a web forum where people can post images, videos, articles, etc. and others can respond…

Cosmos and Communicating Science

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Mar,2014

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Tonight I had the pleasure to watch the new Cosmos featuring Neil DeGrasse Tyson, all the while playing Scrabble (with my friend who decided to play “Qis” as a word, even though it’s basically an invented word for board games–but…

Waxing theoretical: rhizomes, networks, and hives

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Mar,2014

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How is it that a meme on Facebook (say, posted by George Takei) exhibits rhetorical dynamics?  It’s a fascinating scenario, particularly given how awful most memes that get posted on Facebook are. There’s something really interesting at play in the…

Starting off the blog — Twitch plays Pokemon: democratic chaos

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Feb,2014

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I’ve been paying close attention to what’s turning out to be a fascinating social experiment: Twitch plays Pokemon.  Basically, they’ve rigged up a game of Pokemon Red to run in a web browser, streaming so people can watch it on…