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July 9th, 2014
thesmithian

the project i’m working on with my husband is called HRDCVR.

thanks to our kickstarter backers, in addition to creating a soul-crushingly brilliant hardcover culture magazine for the new every1, we’re offering four virtual-ish fellowships. we’re taking apps now for two of them: the above, in writing & research, and there’s one for social media as well. coming soon: one in design, and one in content leadership.

please see this page for fellowship and other opportunities.

also: here’s the hrdcvrlife tumblr.

June 8th, 2014
thesmithian

For financially burdened students, ethical-fashion retailers such as Zady…may be out of reach. Social-media culture also might encourage young people to buy cheap clothes in bulk. A few years ago, reporters began to note the proliferation of “haul videos,” in which shoppers, usually young women, unload their overstuffed plastic bags and lovingly display their purchases. Forever 21 has capitalized on the trend, sponsoring contests in which shoppers post their own haul videos.

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April 6th, 2014
thesmithian

‘The “right to oblivion” (le droit à l’oubli) or “right to be forgotten” is a privacy measure put in place by the European Commission that allows Internet users to choose which of their data survives online. It has been defined as “the right of any individual to see himself or herself represented in a way that is not inconsistent with his/her current personal and social identity.” The law asserts an individual’s right to their online persona: If you tell Facebook to remove certain unflattering photos that you uploaded, the company is legally obligated to delete them.’

March 28th, 2014
thesmithian

'…Johannesburg…is the most Twitter-active city in Africa, followed by the nearby municipality of Ekurhuleni. This may also account for…tweets in Zulu. It was to be expected, too, that Nairobi, where residents have been using cell phones to transfer money via the M-Pesa service for years, would rank as the most active city in East Africa…'

February 28th, 2014
thesmithian

…a new generation of hardcore Disney fans, powered by Instagram and Facebook and made up of grandparents in their 60s, as well as teens and toddlers plodding along beside their parents. Only 10 years ago, their style—tattooed and plugged—would have banned them from the parks and made them outcasts among Disney fans. But now, with tolerance, if not approval, from the Mouse, the social clubs have found a playground to call their own. Like the Goths of the 1990s or the hippies of the 1960s, they trek the park like a second home, occasionally mistaken for troublemakers…

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February 26th, 2014
thesmithian

…nearly one million posts…have used hashtag #24FGranBarricadaNacional to help organize the conversation about the Venezuelan unrest.

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February 9th, 2014
thesmithian

'…teenagers—often expected to over-share—are now opting for private profiles more than sixty per cent of the time, and are often limiting what they share and whom they share it with. Fifty-nine per cent have deleted or edited a post, fifty-three per cent have deleted comments, forty-five per cent have removed tags from photos, and fifty-eight per cent have blocked a friend.'

February 9th, 2014
thesmithian

'Typically with two strangers crossing paths via…Facebook, through dating sites or by retweeting and “favoriting” until tweeting turns to flirting. At the start it’s just harmless fun, a distraction. No need to think seriously about it, because what could happen? He or she lives 2,000 miles away! Ironically, it’s often this presumed lack of possibility that enables the couple to grow so close so fast.'

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January 30th, 2014
thesmithian

You can post to the new Paper app (and thus Facebook) in a new kind of compose screen. It shows you exactly what the final post will look like, and [FB]  isn’t shy about [its] hope that people will think of Paper as a new kind of thing—even though the plumbing underneath is still Facebook.

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January 20th, 2014
thesmithian

'…remember that the early days of the internet were driven by counterculture figures who indulged in psychedelic drugs and saw computer technology as a mind-expanding, salvific force. They valued cooperation, sharing, liberation from governments and corporations. Information sharing and openness were built into the protocols of the internet.But they rejected commercialism and profit motives. In their early days, the CEOs of Google and Facebook rejected advertising and commercialism. This didn’t last long…'

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January 4th, 2014
thesmithian

'Where alcohol replaced trusting relationships as a coping mechanism for teenagers who grew up to be alcoholics, so too are the positive affirmations we get from social media and the virtual relationships we maintain replacing real trusting relationships as coping mechanisms. A side effect could be a generation that struggles to find happiness and fulfillment even more than the generations that preceded them.'

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December 27th, 2013
thesmithian
…a New York Times writer defending a racist joke about the racial disparities in AIDS cases when only weeks ago that same paper recently published a story highlighting how despite Black and Latino gay men becoming the face of HIV/AIDS in America, there’s little urgency to reach them. Yeah, the joke is even plainer now: [Justine Sacco is] White so AIDS is of no major concern to her. Ha ha…hell.
December 27th, 2013
thesmithian

In 2009, Facebook is thought to have benefited from Friendster’s collapse. It’s far from unlikely that Facebook itself will one day be a victim of a similar set of circumstances.

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