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Crisis and Social Media: The New Normal

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Downtown-Dallas-Crisis2Last night my girlfriend and I sat on the couch watching Mr. Robot. I thought I heard a faint popping noise that I assumed came from Independence Day holdovers. We live three miles from downtown Dallas. About ten minutes later, I checked the group message I share with high school friends. One of them had said “I wouldn’t go outside if I were you, Neely.” I didn’t understand what that meant. I checked Twitter and the rest of my night got sucked into a wormhole.

It’s unmistakable, the feeling of watching a crisis unfold online. It starts with a kernel. You begin connecting dots and speculating in your head while you pan for more information. Even with a lightning-fast news source like Twitter, it takes time to figure out what’s happening...

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Trend manipulation and #HeterosexualPrideDay

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trend-heterosexual-prideIs the Internet trolling itself with this trend?

Social media are home to acidic opinions, ready to melt the world around them. But what happened Wednesday morning felt like a nudge from an invisible hand. The question is worth asking.

The hashtag #heterosexualprideday appeared in 114K tweets by 7:15 AM, central time.

Heterosexual pride was a movement that largely took hold in the nineties as a counter to gay pride (see also: #AllLivesMatter).

I won’t take time to explain why this angers people. Just check Twitter, it’s pretty thorough.

A quick trend search for the topic reveals an avalanche of sarcastic quips. Memes, .gifs, and subreddit links all chip in to help the Twittersphere dismantle the farcical hashtag.

Trend perpetuation has happened before

During my research, the proponent...

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Star Wars VII and Picking Your Internet Battles

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Star-Wars-ImageExtremism rules the Internet. It’s Fury Road. Strong opinions expressed strongly trump moderatism. This ruthless landscape allows anger and vulgarity to triumph. Loud minorities can drown out more passive majorities. You don’t need a sound opinion, you need a Doritos flavor.

This is the setting for stories like the one that unfolded on Monday. The hashtag “Boycott Star Wars VII” gained a footing on Twitter early in the morning. Those carrying the negative banner claimed that the new film was anti-white, with one user adding the label #whitegenocide to their tweet. The third and final trailer for the movie had debuted the night before, and featured a woman and a black man in the lead roles.

Angry Twitter users accused the movie of being a platform for a multi-cultural agenda...

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Twitter Moments Offers Positives and Pitfalls

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Twitter-MomentsOn October 6, Twitter launched a new feature in its application called “Moments.” This is the latest attempt to expand the platform’s user base. Moments allow the reader to swipe through a series of tweets related to a particular news event. For the user, the feature functions almost like a miniature magazine. You flip through pages to hear different perspectives and see different images; each moment only takes about 60 seconds of your time. This gives Twitter a rival (with better organization in my opinion) to the Facebook Instant articles. I enjoy the feature. It’s fun and useful. However, I am not without some apprehension.

My concern is that people will start using Twitter Moments as a substitute for wholesome news coverage...

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Audience Fractionalization Creates Mini Echo Chambers

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facebook-echo-chamberAudience fractionalization is the Internet inevitability that has radically changed media in the last ten years. With so many outlets vying for your time, you must choose a nucleus. A core group of bookmarks you visit each day. Fractionalization forces platforms to cater to their audiences. It allows for niche content markets and supports a variety of interests. It’s digital competition, which is good. However, some side effects hamper this unabashed freedom.

The splintering of the marketplace accelerated with the 24-hour news cycle. Cable stations offered audiences more voices and a variety of ways to consume the news throughout the day. The stories didn’t change, but the personalities and commentaries acted like plastic wrap, keeping content fresh for longer...

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