How Close Are You Really?

Research contextualized in the MIT Technology Review: Social scientists measure the strength of these links using a variety of indicators, such as how often a person calls another, whether that call is reciprocated, the time the two people spend speaking, and so on. But these indicators are often difficult and time-consuming to measure. :arrow:   The…

Are you guilty of ‘orbiting’?

A piece on "orbiting" or a "strategic way to prevent the door from shutting completely on a former relationship." I didn’t know what to call it at the time, but in a recent piece for Man Repeller, writer Anna Lovine used the term “orbiting” to describe when a person leaves your life but still appears in…

Facebook Is Pretty Good at Catching Nudity and Trolls. It’s Still Struggling to Stop Hate Speech.

Once again Facebook makes an announcement about how they're protecting users and their data. Yet, we have to continue to question their priorities...and transparency in the model. Facebook removes tons of content from its platform for violating its rules, but it generally doesn’t reveal much about that content’s nature or quantity. On Tuesday, however, the…

Are My Friends Really My Friends?

More examination and reflection of the role and substance of social media connections in society. But in 2011, a team of researchers at the University of Pennsylvania headed by Keith N. Hampton found evidence that “close social relations do not attrite with internet use and that internet users tend to have larger personal networks,” and that social…

The Cambridge Analytica scandal, in 3 paragraphs

This week a whistle blower came out with a scandal involving Cambridge Analytica, a British consulting firm which combines data mining, data brokerage, and data analysis with strategic communication for the electoral process. There is a complicated web of relationships that explains how Cambridge Analytica was able to harvest raw data from 50 million Facebook profiles to direct its…