#Mockthevote: A Case Study in Democratic Media Practice

Media practice and the 2012 elections: Theorizing new models of democratic participation This case study is named after a hashtag that was trending on Twitter during the three presidential debates. Appropriated from the popular “Rock the vote” campaign, this label was being used to tag Tweets commenting on the debate as it went down- although not … Continue reading #Mockthevote: A Case Study in Democratic Media Practice

Hashtag Revolution

The following is the first part of a lengthy consideration of the idea of the Hashtag Revolution as a model for a social/political movement. This section considers mainly the Occupy movement, and the next section considers the relevance of the concept of the hashtag revolution to the presidential elections. The hashtag revolution or hashtag revolt is … Continue reading Hashtag Revolution

BIG BIRD: Reclaiming the Political Spectacle

The "Big Bird" phenomenon, spurred by Mitt Romney's comment during the first presidential debate that he would  cut spending for PBS to reduce the deficit, has evolved into one of the hottest political memes of the 2012 election. During the debate Romney's Big Bird comment received 135,332 Tweets Per Minute, and continues to have a … Continue reading BIG BIRD: Reclaiming the Political Spectacle

Meaningful Virtual Action: The Significance of a Repin

In my previous post on Digital Architecture and Online Behavior, I introduced a small case-study of the site Pinterest, and how its social norms and site-architecture have contributed to a new and extremely popular form of online engagement.  Specifically, I suggested that the "click through" feature of pins is a strong draw for both the … Continue reading Meaningful Virtual Action: The Significance of a Repin

Pop Anthropology: Anthro-cize your Summer Entertainment

For your enjoyment, here are a few suggested anthropologically-oriented media bits I have encountered lately: 1. The Wire I was already very familiar with the popularity of this show amongst the academic world generally, but only this summer have I gotten around to making the commitment this show requires. The episodes are 40+ minutes long, … Continue reading Pop Anthropology: Anthro-cize your Summer Entertainment

Digital Architecture and Online Behavior: A Study in Pinterest

FOREWARD: The following is the first post in a series exploring the relationship between the digital world and civic/political activism and engagement. Much tangential material included. In trying to understand the recent explosion of the online social pinboard site "Pinterest", I would like to take a leaf from Lawrence Lessig's idea of the four modalities of … Continue reading Digital Architecture and Online Behavior: A Study in Pinterest

William James on the “Like” Button

“Will you or won't you have it so?” is the most probing question we are ever asked; we are asked it every hour of the day, and about the largest as well as the smallest, the most theoretical as well as the most practical, things. We answer by consents or non-consents and not by words. What wonder … Continue reading William James on the “Like” Button

OCCUPY. By Photojournalist/Protestor Joseph Boisvert.

My good friend Joseph Boisvert took the following series of photos at Occupy Wallstreet and Occupy Chicago early this year. He is an amazing amateur photo-journalist, check out more of his photography on his Flickr. Artist Statement: Over the last semester I found myself (along with many other artists, students, and activists) drawn to the … Continue reading OCCUPY. By Photojournalist/Protestor Joseph Boisvert.