“Social media are a trap”

Zygmunt Bauman, a polish sociologist, discusses democracy and social media in an interview following his 90th birthday that mirrors many points that Turkle raises in our reading “Flight From Conversation”, such as social media being a crutch for conversation. Although, Bauman adds an interesting argument that one is apart of a community in society but on social media the community belongs to you—being able to add or delete people at whim. Bauman suggests that social media is a comfort zone that is populated almost entirely of people with the same world views, removing controversial conversations that are integral to developing social skills.

The article can be found by the link below,



ESPN and Esports

I mentioned in class that ESPN is going to begin airing esports on their networks. In addition to that coverage, they have added an entire section to their website that writes about, analyzes and previews esports events. They have it right beside the other major sports like the NBA and NFL, treating as a real sports like its fans do, not looking down on it.


Online gaming is good for your social life?

This study has shown that online gaming has improved peoples social lives through the formation of online “virtual communities,” as you are playing with your friends and real users from across the globe. I found this really interesting as online gaming is considered very important in peoples lives and by bonding through the game, identities begin to form through the use of online networks.



Hit Record, A Collaborative Social Media

Earlier today on Facebook I stumbled across a promo video for a social media site called “Hit Record”. I believe it has been around for a while, but I personally had never heard of it before. The home page for the website has a video that describes in depth what the site is all about but to give a brief overview it’s a production website that allows it’s users to collaborate to create different media pieces. I thought it was interesting because it draws on some of the ideas of participatory culture that we talked about last week, and unlike many social media sites, it truly relies on collaboration from it’s users in order to be successful.


Foursquare – Profiting Through Third Party Data

Foursquare, an app that  recommends places based on users current and frequent locations has a relatively small user base of 50 million across all of Foursquare’s apps it has implemented a strategy to increase capital by creating an ad-targeting and location data business. It’s acquired GPS locations from other companies data-base allowing them to target ads to users on different apps that haven’t downloaded Foursquare. Is this ethical and are people concerned or has this sort of ad bombardment on our personal devices become naturalized?

Check out the full article at: http://www.wired.com/2016/01/foursquares-plan-to-use-your-data-to-make-money-even-if-you-arent-a-user/

Using Social Media to Keep Native Languages Alive

I came across this interesting article discussing how many people are using social media to revive and protect native languages. Just over a year ago, 23 year old Jacey Firth-Hagen started the social media movement #SpeakGwitchinToMe. #SpeakGwitchinToMe involves posting videos on social media translating simple words/phrases to Gwitchin. Can you think of other social media movements that have brought awareness to others?

Full Article here: http://www.cbc.ca/radio/unreserved/lost-found-and-shared-indigenous-language-speakers-on-the-rise-1.3410203/speakgwichintome-using-social-media-to-reclaim-language-1.3413960