Category Archives for social media

10 reasons why you should use Snapchat to share research ideas (and 4 reasons not to)

It’s exhilarating to try new things. You’ll learn to think with a new tool, and that helps you think fresh. It’s ephemeral. Your story only stays up for 24 hours, so you don’t have to worry too much about what … Continue reading

29. April 2016 by Jill
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Researchers on Snapchat

I’ve been posting research stories on Snapchat most weekdays this month, and I’m really enjoying it. I know it doesn’t fit with the ephemerality of Snapchat, but I’ve been saving the stories and posting them on YouTube in a special … Continue reading

28. April 2016 by Jill
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Snapchat Research Stories: A Daily Challenge for April

I’m currently obsessed with storytelling in Snapchat, as you may have gleaned from my last post, and so I’ve decided to post daily Snapchat Stories about my research Monday-Friday throughout this month. Add me (I’m jilltxt) to view my stories … Continue reading

07. April 2016 by Jill
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How Can Scholars Use Snapchat Stories?

Snapchat has changed since the last time I tried it. You know, back in 2011 when I was simply too old for it. Now Snapchat has stories and has become a channel for everything: as expected it’s excellent for silly selfies … Continue reading

01. April 2016 by Jill
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Representation or Presentation?

I recently finished writing a chapter for The Sage Handbook of Social Media, which is being edited by Jean Burgess, Alice Marwick and Thomas Poell. My chapter is about self-representations in social media, like blogs and selfies and such, but in … Continue reading

27. January 2016 by Jill
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Research about visual social media responses to the Syrian refugee crisis

The short paper Radhika Gajjala and I wrote about the negative portrayals of refugees on the Twitter hashtag #RefugeesNOTwelcome was just published in Feminist Media Studies. Hooray for the fastest idea to publication ever! A closely related project is the … Continue reading

21. December 2015 by Jill
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Zombies, Corpses and Fetuses: my talk at #IR16

Did you see Eric Pickersgill’s photo series Removed last week, showing people staring at their phones – except the phones had been removed from the image? The photos really hit a cultural nerve and were very widely shared. They play to the … Continue reading

24. October 2015 by Jill
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More people are killed by tourist brochures than by sharks

  I study selfies, so that Mashable story has been all over my social media. You know, the one that says that More people have died from selfies than shark attacks this year. A few weeks ago a student from … Continue reading

23. September 2015 by Jill
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To look into a refugee’s eyes

Social media give us access to other peoples’ realities. If we want to look. (A slightly different version of this piece was published yesterday in Norwegian in Bergens Tidende, where I write a column every fifth Sunday.) Over the last few … Continue reading

21. September 2015 by Jill
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How do Syrian refugees use social media and technology?

Does anyone know of research on or other writings about the use of social media and other technology by Syrian refugees? It’s clear many refugees are using their smartphones and social media to survive, communicate and plan their journey. This article … Continue reading

07. September 2015 by Jill
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