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How do we write at the intersection of race and gender? | Christina Katopodis
This brings me to my lesson plan for our next class, and explains why I think it’s important to draw from writers like Lorde, hooks, and Roxane Gay, when we analyze effective arguments in writing. These women each claim their own bold and loud “I” that resists oppression and embraces intersectional wisdom(s) while taking ownership of their authentic, individual viewpoints. The accountability of their “I”s is admirable, providing a model for students.
teaching  intersectionality  feminism  women  pedagogy  writing 
Here's What it Takes to Create a Feminist Internet | | Eye on Design
“We are creating technological structures that embody the values of inequality, discrimination, violence and oppression that are deeply embedded in our society. The impact of associating PIAs with the female gender has a direct consequence on how women are viewed IRL.”
feminism  ai  internet-culture 
A Mass Murder of, and for, the Internet - The New York Times
But we do know that the design of internet platforms can create and reinforce extremist beliefs.
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There is no offline equivalent of the experience of being algorithmically nudged toward a more strident version of your existing beliefs, or having an invisible hand steer you from gaming videos to neo-Nazism. The internet is now the place where the seeds of extremism are planted and watered, where platform incentives guide creators toward the ideological poles, and where people with hateful and violent beliefs can find and feed off one another.

So the pattern continues. People become fluent in the culture of online extremism, they make and consume edgy memes, they cluster and harden. And once in a while, one of them erupts.
extremism  internet-culture  memes  platforms  algorithm  hate  muslim 
2 days ago
Sandy Hook Massacre: Gun Makers Lose Major Ruling Over Liability
The lawsuit said that the companies were wrong to entrust an untrained civilian public with a weapon designed for maximizing fatalities on the battlefield.

Lawyers pointed out advertising — with messages of combat dominance and hyper-masculinity — that resonated with disturbed young men who could be induced to use the weapon to commit violence.
violence  law  advertising  marketing  guns 
4 days ago
Early Modern Memes: The Reuse and Recycling of Woodcuts in 17th-Century English Popular Print – The Public Domain Review
Just like early modern woodcut images, distracted boyfriend and countless other stock photo meme characters have created an anthology of cultural knowledge. Their cultural currency feeds an expanding and self-replicating web of meaning.
memes  17thc  printculture  books 
14 days ago
Brand New
Displaying opinions and focusing solely on corporate and brand identity work.
branding  com202  design  graphicdesign  logos 
20 days ago
From Trump to Brexit: how bad graphics triumphed over slick design | Art and design | The Guardian
Seeing the red cap in a Perspex case in the Design Museum, with its cheaply stitched “Make America Great Again”, is a powerful reminder that “good” design doesn’t necessarily mean effective design.
design  graphicdesign  bierut  election  branding  activism 
4 weeks ago
The Women’s March And The Art Of Creative Resistance
The nonviolent but spirited display not only picked up a gauntlet thrown down by a campaign that won on homophobic, misogynistic, and racist rhetoric, but codified an integral part of resistance: creativity.
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Artist Shepard Fairey, who gained notoriety for his 2008 Obama “Hope” campaign poster, created the We The People poster series with The Amplifier Foundation, featuring pictures of diverse women. Fairey gave away posters at his Los Angeles studio, and made the images available as free downloads for use around the world. The images were also featured in full-page ads in The Washington Post, USA Today, and New York Times.
activism  posters  women  design  graphicdesign 
4 weeks ago
How Six NYC Activists Changed History With “Silence = Death” | Village Voice
Here, too, is a renewed chance to take stock: of our rage, of our communities and our commitment to them, and of what to do when, despite decades of speaking out, death and suffering remain.
activism  design  graphicdesign  medicalrhetoric  lgbt  posters 
4 weeks ago
The Web Designer Exposing the Humanity and Humor of the Internet | | Eye on Design
“For me, the Brutalist web design thing is more about seeing through the website and seeing who’s behind it,” he adds. While he isn’t a fan of the broad term, he likes the honesty and directness that’s associated with it. The raw style, because of its openness and simplicity, gestures to the human hand behind a platform’s creation. 
webdesign  ux  userfriendliness  platforms 
4 weeks ago
Too Much World: Is the Internet Dead? - Journal #49 November 2013 - e-flux Hito Steyerl
As the web spills over into a different dimension, image production moves way beyond the confines of specialized fields. It becomes mass postproduction in an age of crowd creativity. Today, almost everyone is an artist. We are pitching, phishing, spamming, chain-liking or mansplaining. We are twitching, tweeting, and toasting as some form of solo relational art, high on dual processing and a smartphone flat rate. Image circulation today works by pimping pixels in orbit via strategic sharing of wacky, neo-tribal, and mostly US-American content. Improbable objects, celebrity cat GIFs, and a jumble of unseen anonymous images proliferate and waft through human bodies via Wi-Fi. One could perhaps think of the results as a new and vital form of folk art, that is if one is prepared to completely overhaul one’s definition of folk as well as art. A new form of storytelling using emojis and tweeted rape threats is both creating and tearing apart communities loosely linked by shared attention deficit.
internet  internet-culture  gif  overload 
6 weeks ago
Michele White: The Hand Blocks the Screen: A Consideration of the Ways the Interface Is Raced | HASTAC
Human computer interface researchers like Nielsen and Norman have argued that interfaces should transparently deliver information. Norman indicates that the computer should be quiet, invisible, unobtrusive, but it is too visible.15 However, displacing the ways the computer interface is understood and making design presumptions appear to be material realities elides biases and the conveyed ideas about bodies and identities. As Bolter and Gromala argue, if we look through the interface, we cannot appreciate the ways in which the interface shapes our experience.16 For instance, Cynthia L. Selfe and Richard J. Selfe, Jr. have described how computer interfaces order the virtual world according to a certain set of historical and social values.17
selfe  hci  design  userfriendliness  jobs  apple  webdesign  interface  race  ucd  hands 
6 weeks ago
Enabling further research of information operations on Twitter
we are committed to understanding how bad-faith actors use our services. We will continue to proactively combat nefarious attempts to undermine the integrity of Twitter, while partnering with civil society, government, our industry peers, and researchers to improve our collective understanding of coordinated attempts to interfere in the public conversation.
twitter  fakenews  data  election  moderation 
october 2018
Can Mark Zuckerberg Fix Facebook Before It Breaks Democracy? | The New Yorker
Like it or not, Zuckerberg is a gatekeeper.
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Facebook’s free-speech dilemmas have no simple answers—you don’t have to be a fan of Alex Jones to be unnerved by the company’s extraordinary power to silence a voice when it chooses, or, for that matter, to amplify others, to pull the levers of what we see, hear, and experience.
facebook  democracy  moderation  hate  hoaxes  facebookworldtakeover 
october 2018
Lieutenant General Michael T. Flynn - YouTube
"we have an army of digital soldiers"
November 14, 2016
october 2018
The dark depths of hatred for Hillary Clinton - BBC News
In Mercieca's view, the rhetoric of this election has gone dangerously far.
"When we treat politics like sport or war, then we treat ourselves as fans or soldiers, cheering or booing or following orders," she says.
"When we treat politics like that, then those who hold differing views from us are not wrong, they are evil. They are not mistaken, they are enemies."
misogyny  election  rhetoric 
october 2018
Trump Lets His Followers Know ‘Hillary Clinton Can’t Satisfy Her Husband’ – Talking Points Memo
The potential presidential hopeful on Thursday shared a fan’s tweet that read “If Hillary Clinton can’t satisfy her husband what makes her think she can satisfy America?”
election  misogyny 
october 2018
Hillary Clinton vs Misogyny – The TLS (Oct. 2016)
At the fiery centre of this campaign is a village like Salem, where suspicion and hostility rapidly escalate to witch-burning ecstasy.
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During September, HRC and Trump were mainly tied or he was actually ahead. Meanwhile he heckled and attacked her in absentia, as weak and lazy, and then as sick and diseased. And, of all the times for it to happen, she got pneumonia. In general, HRC seems tireless.
misogyny  election 
october 2018
Elections integrity (Oct. 17. 2018)
In line with our principles of transparency and to improve public understanding of alleged foreign influence campaigns, Twitter is making publicly available archives of Tweets and media that we believe resulted from potentially state-backed information operations on our service.
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election  twitter  russia  trolling  fakenews 
october 2018
The Agency - The New York Times
Russia’s information war might be thought of as the biggest trolling operation in history, and its target is nothing less than the utility of the Internet as a democratic space.
fakenews  hoaxes  russia  trolling  facebook  war 
october 2018
Jeff Giesea. It’s time to embrace memetic warfare. | StratCom
"trolling, it might be said, is the social media equivalent of guerilla warfare, and memes are its currency of propaganda"
election  memes  war  trolling 
october 2018
Exclusive: Russians Impersonated Real American Muslims to Stir Chaos on Facebook and Instagram
After an American admirer of ISIS massacred 49 people at an Orlando nightclub in June 2016, the community quickly created an event titled “Support Hillary. Save American Muslims!” that presented Clinton’s name in an Arabic-style font.
election  facebook  fakenews  war  memes 
october 2018
Meme versus Meme
suggests two different kinds of memes: those with a humorous purpose, and those that are militant.
quote from Sen. Warner on the memes that influenced the election.
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These memes are not meant to educate; they rely on and play off of internet users’ existing knowledge and understanding of culture and current events. They are not meant to change our mind, but to validate our existing opinions through humor. And because our knowledge and understanding of culture and current events often varies directly with political ideology, as a we scroll through our Facebook feeds, the plethora of political memes perpetuate our existing echo chambers.
Trump himself uses memes in this way. On July 2 of this past summer, Trump tweeted out a video of himself body-slamming someone whose face is covered by a CNN logo. This meme, understandably, was met with confusion and frustration from his opponents. While it is easy to criticize Trump’s treatment of the media, it is different entirely to try and criticize a meme—which is a joke. While this tweet was undoubtedly immature, it was so immature that taking it seriously seemed like the wrong reaction entirely.
election  memes  fakenews  war  facebook  democracy 
october 2018
‘I made Steve Bannon’s psychological warfare tool’: meet the data war whistleblower | News | The Guardian
Its expertise was in “psychological operations” – or psyops – changing people’s minds not through persuasion but through “informational dominance”, a set of techniques that includes rumour, disinformation and fake news.
SCL Elections had used a similar suite of tools in more than 200 elections around the world, mostly in undeveloped democracies that Wylie would come to realise were unequipped to defend themselves.
election  facebook  facebookworldtakeover  data  war  fakenews 
october 2018
Watch VICE News Tonight's full episode "Charlottesville: Race and Terror" – VICE News (Aug 2017)
On Saturday hundreds of white nationalists, alt-righters, and neo-Nazis traveled to Charlottesville, Virginia, to participate in the “Unite the Right” rally. By Saturday evening three people were dead – one protester and two police officers – and many more injured.
racism  politics  activism  extremism  BLM 
july 2018
Take control of your research photos with Tropy, a tool that shortens the path from finding archival sources to writing about them. Spend more time using your research photos, and less time searching for them.
photography  research  tools 
july 2018
The Link Between Racism and PTSD | Psychology Today
Racism-related experiences can range from frequent ambiguous “microaggressions” to blatant hate crimes and physical assault. Racial microaggressions are subtle, yet pervasive acts of racism; these can be brief remarks, vague insults, or even non-verbal exchanges, such as a scowl or refusal to sit next to a Black person on the subway. When experiencing microaggressions, the target loses vital mental resources trying figure out the intention of one committing the act. These events may happen frequently, making it difficult to mentally manage the sheer volume of racial stressors. The unpredictable and anxiety-provoking nature of the events, which may be dismissed by others, can lead to victims feeling as if they are “going crazy.” Chronic fear of these experiences may lead to constant vigilance or even paranoia, which over time may result in traumatization or contribute to PTSD when a more stressful event occurs later (Carter, 2007). In fact, one study of female veterans found that African Americans scored higher on measures of ideas of persecution and paranoia, which the authors attributed to an adaptive response to racism (C’de Baca, Castillo, & Qualls, 2012).
hate  racism  study  violence  harassment 
july 2018
Facebook’s Secret Censorship Rules Protect White Men… — ProPublica
Facebook has used these rules to train its "content reviewers" to decide whether to delete or allow posts. Facebook says the exact wording of its rules may have changed slightly in more recent versions. ProPublica recreated the slides.
facebook  racism  algorithm  race  censorship  hate  moderation 
july 2018
How Social Media Silences Debate - The New York Times (2014)
The Internet, it seems, is contributing to the polarization of America, as people surround themselves with people who think like them and hesitate to say anything different. Internet companies magnify the effect, by tweaking their algorithms to show us more content from people who are similar to us.
socialmedia  politics  filterbubble  democracy  PEW 
july 2018
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