With almost nightly leaks of new corruption files making his administration look worse than ever, Turkish Prime MinisterRecep Tayyip Erdoğan’s vowed to wage war on social media. The battle took a new turn today — as Turkey blocked Twitter on all its major ISPs. But a panel on the #OccupyGezi movement at SXSW revealed that Turkey is a population simultaneously in love with social media’s liberating potential while also uniquely well educated in how to circumvent digital road blocks.
|By: Kit OConnell Thursday March 20, 2014 7:00 pm|
|By: Sara Haile-Mariam Sunday March 2, 2014 3:00 pm|
Comedian and actor Seth Rogen presented a heartfelt and personal plea for Alzheimer’s research before a Senate hearing Wednesday. The actor’s mother-in-law suffers from the disease and in his brief remarks he tackled the stigma associated with the disease, as well as the lack of funding and support for families who are trying to cope. [...]
|By: Kit OConnell Tuesday February 25, 2014 12:15 pm|
One important tool which defines modern activism is the use of social media for organizing and building solidarity. While social media does little unless paired with “meatspace” direct action, it can be a powerful tool for motivating people, reporting on live events, and building intersectionality. When arrests first occurred at Occupy Austin, we heard from activists in Egypt who had staged an impromptu protest at the US Embassy.
|By: Kit OConnell Friday February 7, 2014 6:55 pm|
Yesterday, the almost 200,000 followers of @OccupyWallSt — viewed by many as the original and even “official” voice of the movement — were in for a surprise.
|By: DSWright Tuesday January 7, 2014 11:20 am|
There are some radical ideas now on the table thanks to an unapologetic piece in Rolling Stone. The piece recommends five reforms that millennials should start fighting for now in hopes of seeing them achieved by the time they become the dominant political group.
|By: Sara Haile-Mariam Tuesday December 24, 2013 6:17 pm|
Welcome to the future where your Holiday mischief and mishaps run the risk of trending on Twitter, bringing joy to the masses and/or ruin to your life.
Be warned, kids– this year and every year moving forward, Santa’s not the only one making lists.
In fact he’s joined by BuzzFeed all the time.
|By: Sara Haile-Mariam Friday December 13, 2013 12:32 pm|
Zerlina made waves last year following a segment on The Hannity Show where Sean Hannity attempted to argue that owning handguns would help women protect themselves against things like “evil” and rape. A survivor herself who’s leveraged her experiences to empower other women, she pointed to statistics of rape in the military, and the fact that two-thirds of women are raped by someone they know, to insist that rape prevention starts by first telling men not to rape.
The reaction online was swift and intense.
Maxwell was bombarded with death threats and threats of rape on Twitter and Facebook for stating the obvious.
|By: Sara Haile-Mariam Monday December 2, 2013 6:30 pm|
We don’t trust each other to the point where it’s reflected in our rhetoric and by what dominates our attention. Controversy sells! How often do good things get covered? To what scale? We’re inundated with the sideshow in a circus with no main act.
What do we actually stand for?
|By: Sara Haile-Mariam Wednesday November 27, 2013 4:20 pm|
Having spent nearly 8 years living in New York City, I know a thing or two about spotting unfortunate DIY revisions on the movie posters and advertising campaigns that litter the walls of the city. You’d be hard pressed to find a subway platform free of hand drawn penises and mustaches and other superfluous commentary.
Often times racist, sexist, and otherwise offensive graffiti goes unnoticed which is why Gap’s recently defaced ad, and the company’s respectful response, is filling the internet with all sorts of holiday cheer.