Monthly Archives: November 2018

19th Century Black Public Sphere and the Visually “Shared Language” of the Public Sphere

In her essay, “Rethinking the Black Public Sphere: An Alternative Vocabulary for Multiple Public Spheres” Catherine R. Squires illuminates the functions of Black public spheres “Thus a Black public is an emergent collective composed of people who (a) engage in … Continue reading

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The Power of Social Media

I have had a social media account since I was in 7th grade, so I have essentially grown up in the age of social media.  I used social media in juvenile ways at first on Myspace in 2005, where I … Continue reading

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What’s in a Square?: Imagined, Digital, and on the Move

I sometimes feel like even the word ‘technology’ is dated, timestamped, monolithic, at best. It feels like the moment it leaves your mouth, you instantaneously become older, more out of touch, and there is somehow some new, evolved, multifaceted device, … Continue reading

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Community, Gab, and Radicalization

When discussing the the “Jailbait” subreddit, Tufecki wrote that “these men found a community, acceptance and a means of bolstering their reputation.” Tufecki argues that the internet allowed this group to take something that once would have been extremely taboo, … Continue reading

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Mixed Signals and Narrative Hijacking

On January 21, 2017, people around the world took part in the Women’s March, an international protest that has since been labeled as having been the largest single-day protest in U.S. history. The protests took place the day after the … Continue reading

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The Challenge of Archiving Digitally Networked Movements

When I recently reviewed the SNCC digital gateway (, I marveled at the opportunity to dig through the day to day communications of this transformative activist organization. Reading Zeynep Tufekci’s Twitter and Tear Gas, I wondered what a future archive … Continue reading

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The good, the bad, and the ugly

Reading Zeynep Tufekci’s Twitter and Tear Gas, was an enlightening experience! Her book on social media as a platform for activism and the building of communities, juxtapositions “the good, the bad, and the ugly” of using websites such as Twitter, Facebook, … Continue reading

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Ups and Downs

While reading Twitter and Tear Gas we learn about the ways in which newfound technology is both helpful and hurtful to our society.The technology we have today, specifically social media, allows us to quickly and effectively pass along information and coordinate movements. … Continue reading

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Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child

Initially, I was unsure of how to frame this post. Having just read excerpted chapters from Barbra Ransby’s Ella Baker and the Black Freedom Movement: A Radical Democratic Vision I was swimming in a milieu of grassroots organizing and the … Continue reading

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The power of community

I think this book is extremely interesting and also important to read at this point in time. Tufekci discusses how communication has changed over time. People can organize and reach more people today than was ever possible in the past. … Continue reading

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