Category Archives: Internet

There Is a Profound Difference Between Justice and Identity Politics

  The #MeToo movement must choose between an allegiance to identity politics and the pursuit of justice. If you live long enough, you learn a simple, sad fact. Individual adversity does not necessarily build individual character. In other words, spend enough time in the real world and you’ll see people experience enormous challenges — like […]

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Human rights and Myanmar’s digital gender divide

  Female activists preaching a message of tolerance online are finding that they too are becoming a target. THE ARRIVAL of affordable Internet access in Myanmar has revealed – and possibly exacerbated – divisions within society around contentious issues. Where military censorship once kept voices in check, now everyone has the ability to speak out. […]

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Twitter and Tear Gas: How Social Media Changed Protest Forever

  ON FEBRUARY 2, 2011, a horde of men, armed with long sticks and whips and riding camels and horses, attacked the hundreds of thousands of protesters who packed Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt, parting the crowd as if it were the Red Sea and scattering protesters as they went. The horses’ saddles were a brilliant […]

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Tinder Has an In-House Sociologist and Her Job Is to Figure Out What You Want

  Jessica Carbino studies the vexing question of what factors into that left or right swipe  “Kismet” is the word Jessica Carbino likes to use. She joined Tinder in October 2013, about a year after it launched in Los Angeles. Carbino was 27 and “looking.” She was also a Ph.D. candidate in sociology at UCLA, […]

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Book Review: Networks of Outrage and Hope: Social Movements in the Internet Age

  Author                   :               Manuel Castells Date                       :               2015 Publisher              :                Polity Reviewed by         :                 Helton Levy   The emergence of new social movements has lately become a hot topic, as seen by the recent […]

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