the culture and values of social media

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Newspapers, Magazines, and Radio

2013

Ehrenberg, Rachel. (2013). “What Parents Don’t Understand About Online Privacy.” Science News, July 15.

McLemee, Scott. (2013). Fall and Winter Scholarly Books. Inside Higher Ed, July 3.

Harel, Emily Corocoran. (2013). “Tech Titans Choose Small or Secretive Ceremonies.” The New York Times, May 24.

Bazelon, Emily. (2013). “Defining bullying down.” The New York Times, March 11.

Clemmit, Marcia. (2013). “Social Media Explosion: Do social networking sites threaten privacy rights?” CQ Researcher, 23(4): 81-104, January 25.

Zerbisias, Antonia (2013). “A cyber nightmare for women: Trolling can turn the online world into a dark, dangerous place where girls and young women are especially vulnerable.” The Toronto Star, January 18.

2012

PBS Offbook (2012). “Bad Behavior Online: Bullying, Trolling and Free Speech.” PBS Web video series, December 13.

Sexism Online…and Offline. Noah Berlatsky writes a piece on the Reddit controversy for The Center for Digital Ethics and Policy. I get my feminism on.

Some teens aren’t liking Facebook as much as older users. While the “hook” of this LA Times story is that teens are leaving FB for other social media sites, Alice says “Just because teens are using other services like Twitter and Tumblr more — and they are using these services in huge amounts — doesn’t mean they’re using Facebook less.”

Teens Text More Than Adults, But They’re Still Just Teens. Daily Beast editorial by Alice & danah on how teen’s social practices may look different, but the foundations are the same as they’ve always been.

What Do Teens Know About Online Privacy? More Than You Think KQED investigates recent studies on teens and online privacy.

Social Networks Have Young Women Competing Against Each Other for the Best Body. A somewhat sensational piece on the dangers of Facebook tempered by some of Alice’s research on “thinspo”. (ABC News) (Also appeared on CNN)

The Story of a Suicide: Two college roommates, a webcam, and a tragedy. A detailed, nuanced piece on the suicide of Tyler Clementi in The New Yorker mentions Alice & danah’s drama paper.

Teens migrating to Twitter– Sometimes for Privacy. AP piece on teens & twitter quoting Alice Marwick.

2011

Bullying 2.0 is more like a drama class. A nice piece in Macleans on the Marwick/boyd drama paper.

Bullying as True Drama: Why Cyberbullying Rhetoric Misses the Mark. danah and Alice write a New York Times editorial about their work on bullying versus drama.

Technology Refusal: Nora Young from CBC’s The Spark interviews Alice Marwick about her post on technology refusal and opting out. CBC followed up with a great summary of the blog post and the interview.

NPR Marketplace: MySpace: What went wrong? ZeFrank and I are the social media experts in this piece as we discuss why MySpace lost its status as the premier social network site for teens.

LA Times: Silicon Valley status symbols emphasize mind over material. Jessica Guynn quotes me with a few general observations on status among the digerati. (I got some flack for generalizing; if you want to know more than I said here, feel free to read my dissertation where I go into status in the tech scene in 500-page detail.)

IEEE Spectrum: Separating Work, Friends and Family on Facebook Isn’t Easy. Nice piece by Cassandra Willard on context collapse online and reputation management.

Do teens of the Facebook generation value privacy?The Seattle Post-Intelligencer discusses a new research report by danah boyd and I about young people’s online privacy practices.

Relationship Status: Complicated, In The Digital Age. I appeared on WBUR, an NPR Boston affiliate, to talk about how social media is changing teenage relationships.

Adweek: Teens Hide Themselves in Plain Sight. Interview with Alice Marwick about young people’s privacy practices. (Incidentally, the photo was taken by our awesome admin on my first day of work. Pretty rad.)

New Scientist: Keeping up Eppearances: How to Bury your Digital Dirt. Great, long piece by Sally Adee on reputation, anonymity, and privacy online.

ABC News: So Much for Privacy? New Sites Share Every Step You Take Online. I scoff at the new “clickstream” sharing sites and say they may have a chilling effect on how people surf the web (more realistically, I don’t think people will use them).

The Guardian editorial: Tweeting Teens Can Handle Public Life. Danah and I wrote this piece on why many of the privacy concerns around teenagers on Twitter are misguided.

2010

CNN Tech: The internet and the ‘end of privacy.’ John Sutter talked to me about young people’s privacy practices online, and why they really do care about online privacy.

CNN: Online Sharing: The rock ‘n’ roll of the digital generation? Doug Gross writes a pretty good piece about young people sharing online content. I get a few jabs in at generational rhetoric.

Chronicle of Higher Education: Do You Like Your E-Reader? Six takes from academics. I’m one of the academics in this quick editorial about the Kindle. I do love my Kindle but I use it only to read fiction. The annotation function isn’t very good and I like writing all over my academic books.

NYT: Tube Tops and Teddy Bears. The “On the Runway” fashion blog looks at haul videos.

2009

The Guardian editorial: There’s No Hiding on Facebook. My first ever editorial (well, besides one for the North County News when I was a senior in high school protesting budget cuts), on the need for strong privacy protections on social media sites.

The Life and Death of Online Communities. Phoebe Connelly. The American Prospect, September 3, 2009.

The UW Daily: Tweeting for Success: Professors Supplementing Class With Twitter. Quick trend piece on professors using Twitter in the classroom (which, I will note, I have not yet done).

2008

BBC Radio 4 – iPM: I was interviewed by Chris Vallance about the RickRoll! Stupidly I forgot to save the podcast file. It was a really fun experience. (April 2008) [BBC link]

Boston Globe: UR the VP! Oh, never mind. Funny piece on how I actually thought Obama’s running mate had been announced by text message.

The Harvard Crimson: ROFLCon Explores the Art of LOLing. I did my first keynote at the first ROFLCon. This piece does an overview of the conference and my thoughts on microcelebrity.

WNYU – Earshot: NYU’s student radio station’s talk show program sat me down and we chatted about Facebook and MySpace.(April 17, 2008) [WNYU show homepage]

WKCR 89.9 FM: The Youth Mic radio show interviewed me as part of a panel of experts on social networking. This is a great show produced and hosted by high school students. The hosts, Adomako Amenkwah and Mahalia Dees, were very charming and I had a lot of fun. [RealAudio link]

The Story of Digital Identity Podcast: Lengthy interview with me about Identity 2.0 software with Aldo Castaneda. [no longer online]

WMBF News: Niche Networking.

2007

How The Web Became a Sexist’s Paradise. Jessica Valenti. The Guardian (UK), April 6, 2007.

2006

You Are What You Post. Jessi Hempel, Businessweek, March 27, 2006.

Baton Rouge MySpace Members Link Up. J.D. Ventura, March 19, 2006.

Selected Blogs

Video

The Stream : e-Patriarchy. I talk to Al-Jazeera English about Reddit and online misogyny.


Celebrity, Publicity and Self-Branding in Web 2.0
Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School, Mar 31, 2011
In the mid-2000s, journalists and businesspeople heralded “Web 2.0″ technologies such as YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook as signs of a new participatory era that would democratize journalism, entertainment, and politics. But user status and popularity has become a primary use of social media, maintaining hierarchy rather than diminishing it. In this talk Alice Marwick — a postdoctoral researcher in social media at Microsoft Research New England and a research affiliate at the Berkman Center — examines interactions between social media and social life in the San Francisco “tech scene” to show that Web 2.0 has become a key aspect of social hierarchy in technologically mediated communities.

Alice Marwick – NYU Dept. of Culture & Communication – at Free Culture 2008 Conference from Jacob Caggiano on Vimeo.

Future Tense: Being Internet Famous. March 2008.