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Facebook’s improved “Community Standards” still can’t resolve the central paradox

On March 16, Facebook updated its “Community Standards,” in ways that were both cosmetic and substantive. The version it replaced, though it had enjoyed minor updates, had been largely the same since at least 2011. The change comes on the heels of several other sites making similar adjustments to their own policies, including Twitter, YouTube, Blogger, […]

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CFP: “Cultural and Political Impacts of Digital and Social Media”, HICSS 2016

CALL FOR PAPERS and Reviewers Mini-track on “Cultural and Political Impacts of Digital and Social Media” Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS 49) Grand Hyatt, Kauai January 5-8, 2016 Description: We seek submissions that address the cultural and political impacts of digital and social media (DSM) technologies. In particular, we are interested in exploring […]

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Popular misogyny: a zeitgeist

Everyone is talking about feminism, so much so that Jessica Valenti, writing in The Guardian after Beyoncé performed at the 2014 VMAs with the word “feminist” lit up behind her, proclaimed “The zeitgeist is irrefutably feminist: its name literally in bright lights.”  Earlier, in February 2014, the popular blog Jezebel asked: “what does it mean […]

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