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The Boston Marathon Bombings, 4Chan’s Think Tank, and a Modest Proposal for an Emergency Crowdsourced Investigation Platform

We are still in the immediate wake of the Boston Marathon bombings, but it is already clear that the investigation into these attacks is taking a very different shape than the investigation into the 9/11 attacks. One of the big reasons, naturally, is the explosion of smartphone use in recent years, providing a wealth of […]

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Participatory Culture in Hyperspace

I stumbled upon this interesting post about BioWare’s Star Wars: The Old Republic. This is a striking example of what Henry Jenkins would call participatory culture. It seems that prior to local servers coming online players in the Pacific Rim devised a way of creating unofficial “servers within servers” using the in-game guild system. By […]

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Defining Online Community Management

New technologies make new economies, and new economies make new jobs. As a response to this, some of the most forward-thinking academic programs aim to prepare students for jobs that don’t yet exist, and more programs should follow their lead. Students of strategic communication–a catch-all term that includes public relations, advertising, integrated marketing communication and […]

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