Wired’s reporting on Pew Research Center’s recent poll about how people get their news raises some very interesting questions about what it means to “get your news from social media”. While reliance on Twitter and Facebook for tracking the news is on the rise, the majority of Americans still use other media to get most of their news.
Who you are plays a big role in what you can, and cannot, get away with on social media. This past weekend, Judy Mozes, the wife of Israeli Interior Minister, tweeted a racist joke about President Obama. The tweet caused uproar across Twitter and across both countries. People objected to both the racism of the tweet […]
If you love to publicly discuss politics, then you’ll love Sean Parker’s new app, Brigade. Brigade is an app that’s geared toward giving people an outlet to discuss, debate, and examine politics.
Before the Greek Gods ascended to Mount Olympus, the Titans ruled the heavens. Among them was Prometheus, who gave humanity the power of fire. And with fire, humans became masters of their own destiny… to some degree. When it comes to the world of digital democracy, where the “gods” include Facebook, Twitter, Capwiz, Salsa, Care2 and Change.org, the […]
There is no denying that email is now used everywhere. Emails from your distant friends abroad, promotions from your favourite stores, your monthly bank statements to your fridge sending you an email telling you to buy milk on on your way home.
The long presidential campaign season is upon us and the media is filling up with stories about how social media is changing politics. And perhaps because bad news always seems to sell better, many of these stories take a dim view of the impact. They focus on the risks candidates face from getting caught saying […]
We now have four official candidates for the 2016 presidential nomination, three Republicans and one Democrat. Each of them used Twitter to promote their announcements. How they used it varies tremendously among them. It is too soon to tell if their initial Twitter splash (twash?) is indicative of things to come, but the contrasts in […]
I spent this past weekend at the opening of the Philadelphia Independent Film Festival. Among the many films screening there are documentaries advocating for some official policy action. One of these films is a short documentary by Jet Wintzer about all of the statues, elementary schools and parks named after Albert Pike. Wintzer makes a strong case in the film, National Scars: […]