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Zuckerberg and the Anthropologist: Facebook, Culture, Digital Futures

“Sitting Here in California”: Introduction On February 16, 2017, Facebook’s founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg published an unprecedented 5,732-word post, “Building Global Community.” Observers—many of whom appropriately termed Zuckerberg’s missive a “manifesto”—soon noted troubling aspects of his vision for Facebook’s role in the world. In this essay, I add to that response by discussing, in […]

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When the Media Become the Opposition

This was originally posted to an excellent new blog, “First 100 Days: Narratives of Normalization and Disruption” run by the Program on Science, Technology & Society at Harvard University, as part of their “Expertise and Public Trust Project”. See their call for posts to contribute.   On January 25, just five days after President Donald Trump’s inauguration, chief White […]

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Putting the Folklore in Fake News

Amid all the rancor of the 2016 election, fake news emerged as a rare unifying force, one equally decried by the incoming and outgoing presidents, journalists and pundits across the political spectrum, and even those who stand to gain financially from the proliferation of false information. The problem of fake news has yielded a growing […]

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Reflecting on Chapter 1 of The Age of Sharing, by Nicholas John

Last month, Culture Digitally shared an excerpt from The Age of Sharing, the new book from Nicholas John. Below, several CD contributors reflect on the aims of the book, and its resonance with related concerns. Nik offers a brief response at the end. The book is now available in the U.S. as well as around the […]

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Researching the Internet Industries: Strategies and Methods

At the recent Association for Internet Research (AoIR) conference in Berlin (October 5-8, 2016), a number of scholars engaged in active research on internet-related industries participated in a session called “Internet Industry Research Rules! A Roundtable on Methods.” As a member of the audience, I was immediately struck by the deep and sophisticated engagement of […]

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