Theorizing the Web Day 2: here comes every body + h8 + lockscreen + algorithms + technologies and pathologies

The second day of Theorizing the Web was as intense as the first, and many of the presentations discussed potentially-distressing issues, including anti-fat prejudice, online harassment and abuse, police violence against people of colour, suicide, and transmisogyny. This post will only give a short overview of the presentations (and conversations) that happened. My notes from … Continue reading Theorizing the Web Day 2: here comes every body + h8 + lockscreen + algorithms + technologies and pathologies

IR13 Sunday highlights: mobile ecologies, Instagram, disruptive spaces, teaching on Facebook…and a bit more activism

The day began with 'Mobile ecologies: mobile phones and young people's online participation in public access venues in Cape Town' from Marion Walton and Jonathan Donner. Walton started by saying that mobile Internet in South Africa doesn't, for the most part, mean smart phones, the Web, or Twitter: it means "feature phones", and probably platforms … Continue reading IR13 Sunday highlights: mobile ecologies, Instagram, disruptive spaces, teaching on Facebook…and a bit more activism

IR13 Friday Session: Protest and Online Activism

There have been more talks here on activism than it's been physically possible for me to attend without splitting into two. Friday afternoon's session on protest and online activism began with a look at 'Protest and Internet humour memes in UK universities' from Gordon Fletcher, which was pleasantly LOL-heavy (even if I was missing the … Continue reading IR13 Friday Session: Protest and Online Activism

Creating change: Adshel, Live Animal Exports, and the Quick-and-Easy Campaign

There have been a couple of notable issues over the last week or so in Australia where organised citizen action has actually led to change. The first was Adshel's withdrawal of advertisements promoting safe sex after lobbying from the Australian Christian Lobby. When the news came out activists began mobilising support through a Facebook page … Continue reading Creating change: Adshel, Live Animal Exports, and the Quick-and-Easy Campaign

Connecting to the Twitter Revolution

Right now my Twitter stream is full of tweets about the protests in Egypt, mostly retweeted information. It's easy to get caught up in it. As I type this, protesters and journalists are being beaten up, shot at. Twitter is full of personal stories: video of arrests, messages from increasingly-worried protesters, notes about the international … Continue reading Connecting to the Twitter Revolution