social media

social media

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 and personal […]

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 the table […]

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 image of […]

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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 weeks my […]

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 from the […]