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INFORMATION DISTORTION/HOAXES
Weapons of Mass Persuasion
http://motherboard.vice.com/read/weapons-of-mass-persuasion
A little disjointed
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ROMANTIC RELATIONSHIPS
podcast: What Technology Does to Meeting and Mating 34 min
http://www.wnyc.org/story/268573-what-technology-does-meeting-and-mating/
a little too interview-y
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Facebook’s CEO got what he wanted on his first trip to Africa. Nigeria got even more.
https://backchannel.com/zuckerberg-in-africa-da3dabf74276#.jmhcz1pox
a little too perky
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?Stop Googling. Let’s Talk.
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/27/opinion/sunday/stop-googling-lets-talk.html?_r=1&mtrref=tinyletter.com&gwh=ED0A6DA07A58DD15453DE7778EEFA89F&gwt=pay&assetType=opinion
A Sherry Turkle piece
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?podcast: Brown Box 20 min
http://www.radiolab.org/story/brown-box/
about amazon
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?podcast: The Trust Engineers
http://www.radiolab.org/story/trust-engineers/
about facebook
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DISRUPTING TRADITIONAL INDUSTRIES
How the Internet has changed life in the real world
http://www.mtv.com/news/2863941/real-world-internet-jenna/
about how the tv show is different now
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ROMANTIC RELATIONSHIPS
The Problem with Modern Romance Is Too Much Choice
http://nautil.us/issue/41/selection/the-problem-with-modern-romance-is-too-much-choice
ADD TO 2017 VERSION OF 303!
if this had come out before it did, I would have assigned it
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POLITICS‘Finally. Someone who thinks like me.’
https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/finally-someone-who-thinks-like-me/2016/10/01/c9b6f334-7f68-11e6-9070-5c4905bf40dc_story.html?tid=sm_fb
almost unbelievable story about a Trump fan who really got into online conspiracies
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OFFLINEAlone
http://www.esquire.com/lifestyle/a35516/alone-in-scotland-essay/?src=longreads
being disconnected essay
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?The Myth of Neutral Technology
http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2015/01/the-myth-of-neutral-technology/384330/
Body cameras
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MICRO-CELEBRITY
This Memetic Moment: Ridiculously Photogenic Guy and the Perils of Internet Fame
https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/memetic-moment-ridiculously-photogenic-guy-perils-internet-fame/
Chapter from Ryan Milner's book
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DISRUPTING TRADITIONAL INDUSTRIES
The Shiba Inu, the Dog Behind the Doge
http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/users/2016/02/the_shiba_inu_went_viral_online_what_happened_to_the_breed_in_real_life.html
cute
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?Chat Wars
https://nplusonemag.com/issue-19/essays/chat-wars/
cute nostalgic essay
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YOUTHHow iPhones Ruined Summer Camp
http://www.vanityfair.com/culture/2015/07/summer-camp-ruined-by-iphones
cute premise
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DISRUPTING TRADITIONAL INDUSTRIES
How iPhones Ruined Summer Camp
http://www.vanityfair.com/culture/2015/07/summer-camp-ruined-by-iphones
cute premise
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DISRUPTING TRADITIONAL INDUSTRIES
Instagram Is Ruining Vacation
https://backchannel.com/instagram-is-ruining-vacation-701086a67440#.tq0okigf5
Cute premise
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ROMANTIC RELATIONSHIPS
Divorce, Data Style: Who are you going to believe, me or your lying iPhone?
https://backchannel.com/divorced-by-data-894b6221b2c1#.8v6bku51e
depressing
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?The Ghosts in Our Machines
http://www.newyorker.com/culture/culture-desk/the-ghosts-in-our-machines?mbid=rss
essay
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?In the Eye of the Coder
http://reallifemag.com/in-the-eye-of-the-coder/
Essay, not great for class
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ROMANTIC RELATIONSHIPS
Modern Grief
http://thewalrus.ca/modern-grief/
essay, sad
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ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE
When Machines Learn by Experimenting on Us
https://www.propublica.org/article/breaking-the-black-box-when-machines-learn-by-experimenting-on-us
excellent
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SELFIE
video: Why Do We Hate Selfies? | Idea Channel | PBS Digital Studios 9 minutes very good
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2j7SIxMGj5Q
fun in class
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?Is the Internet Ruining the ’90s?
http://flavorwire.com/578672/is-the-internet-ruining-the-90s
fun nolstagic piece but maybe not great for the classroom
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YOUTH
Like. Flirt. Ghost: A Journey Into the Social Media Lives of Teens
https://www.wired.com/2016/08/how-teens-use-social-media/?mbid=social_twitter
fun read
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YOUTH
My Little Sister Taught Me How To “Snapchat Like The Teens”
https://www.buzzfeed.com/benrosen/how-to-snapchat-like-the-teens?utm_term=.ca6VAKvaq#.cg7joQeZ1
Fun read
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YOUTHThe secret lives of tumblr teens
https://newrepublic.com/article/129002/secret-lives-tumblr-teens
Fun read
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?The Age of the Instagram Eyebrow
https://howwegettonext.com/the-age-of-the-instagram-eyebrow-73f97cafab98?gi=fb5335272343#.xxxzw930m
fun read
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YOUTH
Does the Fame Virus plague our youth, and is multimedia to blame?
http://nautil.us/issue/5/fame/the-hannah-montana-hypothesis
fun!
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SOCIAL MEDIA BUSINESS PRACTICES
Can you design an open community to reduce abuse?
https://making.makerbase.co/6-steps-for-preventing-abuse-in-a-web-community-1d290557cd8f#.khdjaw8dw
good
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SHARING ECONOMY/CARS
The rating game: How Uber and its peers turned us into horrible bosses
http://www.theverge.com/2015/10/28/9625968/rating-system-on-demand-economy-uber-olive-garden
Good
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SHARING ECONOMY/AIRBNB
The rating game: How Uber and its peers turned us into horrible bosses
http://www.theverge.com/2015/10/28/9625968/rating-system-on-demand-economy-uber-olive-garden
Good
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HARASSMENT/TROLLING
Can you design an open community to reduce abuse?
https://making.makerbase.co/6-steps-for-preventing-abuse-in-a-web-community-1d290557cd8f#.khdjaw8dw
good
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ALGORITHMS
The magic that makes Spotify’s Discover Weekly playlists so damn good
http://qz.com/571007/the-magic-that-makes-spotifys-discover-weekly-playlists-so-damn-good/
Good
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MICRO-CELEBRITY
Can Mommy Bloggers Still Make a Living?
http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2015/09/mommy-bloggers-money/402535/
good article
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HARASSMENT/TROLLING
It’s Time to Reclaim Trolling
http://nymag.com/selectall/2015/11/time-to-reclaim-trolling.html?mod=e2this
good article
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ACTIVISM
Social media helps Black Lives Matter fight the power
http://www.wired.com/2015/10/how-black-lives-matter-uses-social-media-to-fight-the-power/
good article
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ROMANTIC RELATIONSHIPS
A Million First Dates
http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2013/01/a-million-first-dates/309195/
good article about lots of options
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?how snapchat built a business by confusing olds
http://www.bloomberg.com/features/2016-how-snapchat-built-a-business/
good article, but not sure where it would fit in
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So long social media: the kids are opting out of the online public square
https://theconversation.com/so-long-social-media-the-kids-are-opting-out-of-the-online-public-square-53274
good article, not sure how to categorize it
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DISRUPTING TRADITIONAL INDUSTRIES
Is crowdfunding the new church?
http://www.dailydot.com/irl/crowd-funding-religion/
Good food for thought
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COMMUNITY
Inside the elite, super-secret world of L.A.’s coolest girls on Facebook
http://fusion.net/story/278904/cool-girl-secret-facebook-groups/
Good read
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ACTIVISM
This is what it will be like to protest in 2020, when the state is watching your every move
http://fusion.net/story/362575/protest-2020-future-surveillance-activism-police/
good read
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PRIVACYWhat Is Public?
https://medium.com/message/what-is-public-f33b16d780f9#.r7m4iflhv
good, assigned
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HARASSMENT/TROLLING
The Immortal Myths About Online Abuse
https://medium.com/humane-tech/the-immortal-myths-about-online-abuse-a156e3370aee#.mrwxgijlq
good, assigned
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Netflix and Ch-Ch-Chilly: How have decades of mass media and technology changed us? A writer returns to his remote hometown — once isolated, now connected. And finds unexpected answers.
https://backchannel.com/the-internet-really-has-changed-everything-here-s-the-proof-928eaead18a8#.1udr2yj1k
great article
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Unfollow: How a prized daughter of the Westboro Baptist Church came to question its beliefs.
http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/11/23/conversion-via-twitter-westboro-baptist-church-megan-phelps-roper?mod=e2this
great article
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?The secret history of the GIF
http://mashable.com/2016/08/10/history-of-the-gif/?utm_campaign=Mash-Prod-RSS-Feedburner-All-Partial&utm_cid=Mash-Prod-RSS-Feedburner-All-Partial#38JhGJ3fNsq3
great article but no idea how to fit it in
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HARASSMENT/TROLLING
Why the Online Trolls Troll
http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/better-living-technology/201408/why-the-online-trolls-troll
great in class
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MICRO-CELEBRITY
Uncle Orange story
http://www.buzzfeed.com/mjs538/who-is-this-man-and-why-are-his-photos-showing-up-on-my-phon#.muJJdAm44
http://www.buzzfeed.com/mjs538/i-followed-my-stolen-iphone-across-the-world-became-a-celebr#.ssrg6Wx22
http://www.buzzfeed.com/mjs538/how-i-became-a-minor-celebrity-in-china-after-my#.ipkKgVvGG
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ACTIVISMThe Lessons of Kony 2012
http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/the_next_20/2016/09/kony_2012_quickly_became_a_punch_line_but_what_if_it_did_more_good_than.html
I make this point a lot in lectures :)
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HARASSMENT/TROLLING
The Agency
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/07/magazine/the-agency.html?src=longreads
inside a Russian troll farm
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ROMANTIC RELATIONSHIPS
The Rise of Dating-App Fatigue
http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2016/10/the-unbearable-exhaustion-of-dating-apps/505184/?utm_source=pocket&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=pockethits
interesting
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An endless bombardment of news and gossip and images has rendered us manic information addicts. It broke me. It might break you, too.
http://nymag.com/selectall/2016/09/andrew-sullivan-technology-almost-killed-me.html?mid=twitter-share-selectall
Interesting
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?Sharing Is Caring Is Sharing
http://www.newyorker.com/tech/elements/sharing-is-caring-is-sharing
maybe not great for class
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?Can Empathy Scale to the Internet?
https://medium.com/@sanspoint/can-empathy-scale-to-the-internet-3fd71acc917a#.7dnrdpurf
Maybe not great for students
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PRIVACYWhy We Trade Privacy for Facebook Likes
https://newrepublic.com/article/124068/trade-privacy-facebook-likes
maybe too advanced for class
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COMMUNITYFandom Is Broken
http://birthmoviesdeath.com/2016/05/30/fandom-is-broken
maybe too complex for class
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ROMANTIC RELATIONSHIPS
Podcast: Why Texts From Your Ex Is a Thing 20 min
http://www.wnyc.org/story/texts-from-your-ex-elan-gale/
meh
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DRIVERLESS CARS
What Happens to American Myth When You Take the Driver Out of It?
http://nymag.com/selectall/2016/10/is-the-self-driving-car-un-american.html?mid=full-rss-selectall
neat
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?Close at Hand: A Pocket History of Technology
https://medium.dianakimball.com/close-at-hand-b4331294160d#.12z33d8be
Neat history of the pocket
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MICRO-CELEBRITY
The surprisingly profound reason why teenagers love YouTube celebrities
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-intersect/wp/2014/08/07/the-surprisingly-profound-reason-why-teenagers-love-youtube-celebrities/
Nice article
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DISRUPTING TRADITIONAL INDUSTRIES
How YouTube and Internet Journalism Destroyed Tom Cruise, Our Last Real Movie Star
http://www.laweekly.com/news/how-youtube-and-internet-journalism-destroyed-tom-cruise-our-last-real-movie-star-4656549
Nice article
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?Like This So I Know I’m Real
http://hazlitt.net/feature/so-i-know-im-real
Nice article
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TRADITIONAL CELEBRITY
How YouTube and Internet Journalism Destroyed Tom Cruise, Our Last Real Movie Star
http://www.laweekly.com/news/how-youtube-and-internet-journalism-destroyed-tom-cruise-our-last-real-movie-star-4656549
Nice article, use in class
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TRADITIONAL CELEBRITY
Access Denied
https://theawl.com/access-denied-ab07024d888d?src=longreads#.qdjn3gl2l
nice article, used
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DISRUPTING TRADITIONAL INDUSTRIES/SPORTS
NBA Twitter is Changing the Way We Watch Sports
https://newrepublic.com/article/127237/nba-twitter-changing-way-watch-sports
nice article, will probably appeal to students
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ROMANTIC RELATIONSHIPS
My 'Under the Tuscan Sun' Tinder Disaster
http://www.elle.com/life-love/sex-relationships/a34202/my-under-the-tuscan-sun-tinder-disaster/
no
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DISRUPTING TRADITIONAL INDUSTRIES/READING
The Triumph of Bookchat on the Internet
http://flavorwire.com/566224/the-triumph-of-bookchat-on-the-internet
not great for class
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Snapchat, Instagram Stories, and the Internet of Forgetting
http://www.newyorker.com/tech/elements/snapchat-instagram-stories-and-the-internet-of-forgetting
not great for class
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?The strange style of Facebook's Trending tab
http://www.theverge.com/2016/2/21/11076790/the-strange-style-of-facebooks-trending-tab
not great for class
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?Technology is destroying the idea of forgiveness
http://littleatoms.com/society/technology-destroying-idea-forgiveness
not great for students
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?the real cost of ASOS' fast fashion
https://www.buzzfeed.com/saraspary/these-asos-workers-are-paying-the-true-price-of-your-order?bffbmain&utm_term=4ldqpgp#4ldqpgp
not really about tech, but a good read on labor related to online ordering
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ROMANTIC RELATIONSHIPS
Where Is Our Dependency on Hook-Up Apps Taking Us?
http://gawker.com/where-is-our-dependency-on-hook-up-apps-taking-us-1784537327
not sure
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MICRO-CELEBRITY
Inside the fleeting world of Snapchat comedy
http://kernelmag.dailydot.com/issue-sections/headline-story/13159/snapchat-comedy-sayhop-shonduras-mplatco/
not sure how this fits in
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PARODY
This Is What Happened When A Suspiciously Large Number Of Russian Twitter Parodies Went Dark
https://www.buzzfeed.com/hayesbrown/twitter-apparently-had-no-idea-this-parody-account-was-a-par?utm_term=.hcB12gXgR#.rd3ga9J9z
Not sure how this fits in
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?In Defense Of “Vaguebooking”
https://www.buzzfeed.com/danielnester/in-defense-of-vaguebooking?utm_term=.st0eqWmMg#.ml1qALd2K
Not sure how this fits in
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?The Feed Is Dying
http://nymag.com/selectall/2016/04/the-feed-is-dying.html
not sure how this fits in
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The internet is the answer to all the questions of our time
https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/jun/15/internet-answer-questions-of-our-time
Not sure how this fits in
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DEATH
The controversial rise of ‘Stop Snitching’ Facebook groups - See more at: http://kernelmag.dailydot.com/issue-sections/headline-story/16200/stop-snitching-facebook-groups/#sthash.k5oBTVdW.dpuf
http://kernelmag.dailydot.com/issue-sections/headline-story/16932/usenet-sharon-lopatka-consensual-murder/
not sure if this fits in
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Is Rule 34 actually true?: An investigation into the Internet’s most risqué law
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-intersect/wp/2016/04/06/is-rule-34-actually-true-an-investigation-into-the-internets-most-risque-law/?tid=pm_lifestyle_pop_b
not sure where it fits in
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DISRUPTING TRADITIONAL INDUSTRIES
How the Internet is changing the face of psychological research
http://kernelmag.dailydot.com/issue-sections/features-issue-sections/15906/social-engineering-scripts-new/
Not sure where this fits in
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?Podcast: The Mormon Internet Crisis
http://digg.com/2016/mormon-reply-all
not sure where this fits in
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Things don't go viral by themselves': Inside the social media manager caba
http://digiday.com/brands/spontaneous-planned-social-media-managers-formed-support-group-online/
not sure where this fits in
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When You Become The Person You Hate On The Internet
https://www.wbez.org/shows/npr/when-you-become-the-person-you-hate-on-the-internet/d6ca31ab-d073-416a-8bdd-40476a9b60dd
Not sure where ths fits in
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?life and death in the app store
http://www.theverge.com/2016/3/2/11140928/app-store-economy-apple-android-pixite-bankruptcy
not that interesting
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My Evening with the Angry, Young, White Free Speech Crusaders Who Hate PC Culture
http://www.vice.com/read/young-british-heritage-society-launch
not too tech
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ROMANTIC RELATIONSHIPS
Tinder and the Dawn of the “Dating Apocalypse”
http://www.vanityfair.com/culture/2015/08/tinder-hook-up-culture-end-of-dating
pair with Science of Us article
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ROMANTIC RELATIONSHIPS
Has Tinder Really Sparked a Dating Apocalypse?
http://nymag.com/scienceofus/2015/08/has-tinder-really-sparked-a-dating-apocalypse.html
pair with Vanity Fair article
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ROMANTIC RELATIONSHIPS
Podcast: Technology's Changing Role Within Courtship & Weddings 9 min
http://www.wnyc.org/story/312431-changing-role-technology-courtship-weddings/
really cute but not so scholarly
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RACE
Black Teens Are Breaking The Internet And Seeing None Of The Profits
http://www.thefader.com/2015/12/03/on-fleek-peaches-monroee-meechie-viral-vines
Really good article
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LIVESTREAMING
Is Livestreaming the Future of Media, or the Future of Activism?
http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2014/12/livestreaming-the-future-of-media-or-activism.html#
really good article
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ACTIVISM
Is Livestreaming the Future of Media, or the Future of Activism?
http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2014/12/livestreaming-the-future-of-media-or-activism.html#
really good article
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TRADITIONAL CELEBRITY
For DJ Khaled, Snapchat Is a Major Key to Success
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/22/arts/music/for-dj-khaled-snapchat-is-a-major-key-to-success.html?_r=1
really interesting
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RACEpodcast: #31 - Race Swap 9 min
http://www.wnyc.org/story/31-race-swap-experiment/
really interesting
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DISRUPTING TRADITIONAL INDUSTRIES
How Waist Trainers Became The Biggest Thing On Instagram
http://www.thefader.com/2015/08/06/waist-trainers
really interesting
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DEATHThailand’s Strict Digital Mourning Rules
http://www.vocativ.com/368409/thailand-digital-mourning-rules/
really interesting
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ACTIVISM
How the Internet is Shaping Social Change, and Social Change is Shaping the Internet
http://centerformediajustice.org/digital-culture-shift-from-scale-to-power/?utm_content=buffere7868&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer
report, might not be great for class
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POLICINGShould we see everything a cop sees?
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/23/magazine/police-body-cameras.html?partner=socialflow&smid=tw-nytmag&smtyp=cur&_r=0
Seattle specific
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