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Mishaps can spiral out of control quickly these days. Kamil Krzaczynski/AP Photo

How social media turned United’s PR flub into a firestorm

Incidents that may have been mere hiccups a few years ago today can go viral in an instant, causing a massive backlash and leaving some of the biggest companies wrong-footed.
From the comfort of home, an activist shares an online petition. AP Photo/Federica De Caria

‘Slacktivism’ that works: ‘Small changes’ matter

Much social good can come from mass involvement – and research shows that includes online activism. The bigger picture takes in all those people who care but are at risk of doing nothing.
Phones out, but today’s students are less likely to have Facebook or Twitter open. Phones image via www.shutterstock.com.

So long social media: the kids are opting out of the online public square

Young people are starting to skip the very public postings of some of social media's original platforms. Why? And where will that leave the companies that rely on our willingness to divulge everything?
American rapper Tyler the Creator cancelled his Australian tour following a campaign by feminist grassroots activist group Collective Shout. Pemberton Music Festival/ Mark C Austin

Art, activism and our creative future

Arts activism isn't new, but online activist movements are changing the way it gets done. In this anonymous virtual landscape, does activism democratise social relations, or nurture inequality?

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