President Trump is planning to address the nation from the oval office tonight, a speech which will be aired live during prime-time by all of the major broadcast networks. Even amidst his constant barrage against news media as "fake news" and "enemies of the people," Trump is relying on the major networks to provide a … Continue reading Complicity in Amplificaiton
In early December, the micro-blogging website and popular social media platform Tumblr announced that it was making a significant change to its website content policies. In a blog post titled "A better, more positive Tumblr" the company explained that effective December 17, posts containing adult content would no longer be allowed on the Tumblr platform. … Continue reading The Tumblr Porn Ban
Nobody understands how the internet works. And that's a pretty serious problem. Back in 2006, Senator Ted Stevens (R-AL) famously gave us a description of what the internet is, and how it works. It's a series of tubes. And if you don't understand, those tubes can be filled and if they are filled, when you … Continue reading Nobody Understands How the Internet Works
"We don't use the expression 'IRL.' We say 'AFK.' But that's another issue. We think that the internet is for real."
In the last several years, it has become increasingly apparent that social media and the rapid proliferation of online communication has had a significant influence on the U.S. political process. Despite the ongoing tendency to refer to the Internet as a "virtual world" that somehow exists wholly separately from the so-called "real world" the fact … Continue reading Facebook – The World’s Largest Communication Lab?
For many people, Hotel Rwanda (2004) is the only way they were first made aware of the 1994 Rwandan genocide. The film follows Paul Rusesabagina, house manager of the Hôtel des Milles Collines in Kigali as the Rwandan Genocide took place. The hotel took in thousands of Hutu and Tutsi refugees and provided a safe … Continue reading The Continuing Legacy Hotel Rwanda
A few days ago, I opened my mailbox to find the most terrifying thing ever. My heart sunk before jumping into overdrive as I pulled out the envelope and read the return address - "Department of the Treasury - Internal Revenue Service." Well fuck. It had been addressed to my old Eugene address, which the … Continue reading Information Ownership