#Ivoted: Documenting the Vote in the 2012 Elections

In the lengthy and involved media spectacle surrounding the 2012 elections, the day of reckoning is of course voting day. Traditionally, media messaging switches from heated horse-race coverage to “neutral” coverage encouraging people to get out and vote, with live coverage of lines at polls and providing information on polling locations. This year witnessed an … Continue reading #Ivoted: Documenting the Vote in the 2012 Elections

Live-tweeting democracy: the fantasy of representation

Twitter and the 2012 Elections: Media Practice and Politics Whereas Facebook is a platform that treats politics as more or less taboo, Twitter's network is made up substantially of news outlets/media organizations, political junkies and citizen journalists. This characteristic of Twitter's population of users is partly a product of the site's informational architecture, which makes … Continue reading Live-tweeting democracy: the fantasy of representation

Practices of political news production and consumption on Facebook’s news feed

Since its beginning, the Internet's potential to disseminate information broadly and easily has been hailed as a great democratizing force. Today, this idealist vision has somewhat deteriorated, with some arguing that the Internet creates “echo-chambers” and "filter bubbles" of like-minded people who can choose to only engage with material that agrees with them, and preventing people from being active … Continue reading Practices of political news production and consumption on Facebook’s news feed

#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