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The Visual Rhetoric of Data Part 1: Race, Class and Changes in Mortality Rates

In a recent publication from the Brookings Institute economists Anne Case and Angus Dutton presented data showing drastic changes in mortality rates among Americans of various ethnic, racial and educational backgrounds. (Case and Dutton 2017) Mortality rates among White non-Hispanic Americans with a high-school education or less were highlighted specifically in the paper. The research, […]

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Author Interview: Meryl Alper on “Giving Voice”

Meryl Alper, Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at Northeastern University, recently published Giving Voice: Mobile Communication, Disability and Inequality with MIT Press. Giving Voice critically explores the idea that technology “gives voice to the voiceless” through the lens of disability. It does so through a rich, qualitative study of how parents and assistive technology professionals […]

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A Manifesto of Failure for Digital Journalism (from Remaking the News)

The following is an excerpt from an essay appearing in Pablo J. Boczkowski’s and C. W. Anderson’s new collected volume, “Remaking the News: Essays on the Future of Journalism Scholarship in the Digital Age”  from the MIT Press. Introduction This chapter argues for the need to pay attention to failure in the study of digital journalism. The field […]

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The Whitespace Press: Designing Meaningful Absences into Networked News (from Remaking the News)

The following is an excerpt from an essay appearing in Pablo J. Boczkowski’s and C. W. Anderson’s new collected volume, “Remaking the News: Essays on the Future of Journalism Scholarship in the Digital Age”  from the MIT Press. The press’s democratic challenge is to create not only speech, but structures for listening. If “listening is to be understood […]

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Facebook can’t moderate in secret any more.

I’ve been trying to write a comment about the leaked Facebook documents published by The Guardian this week. The documents, part of the training materials that Facebook provides to independently contracted moderators, instruct them on what they should remove and what should stay, across a wide variety of categories. But it’s hard not to feel disheartened […]

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