In the mid-1990s, body modification enthusiasts – a long-ostracized subculture – created an online community that incorporated blogs, dating and wikis.
Even though Facebook claims to be a global community, its rise has come at the expense of online subcultures for marginalized people, from body modification enthusiasts to drag queens.
Whom do we become in online comments?
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The ability to say offensive things online on a daily basis without consequences led to new, and more toxic, norms for civic behavior.
Brian Halsey, 'Novem II,' 1981, 8 Color Silkscreen Serigraph
Many praise the internet as a democratizing force. But with online spaces replacing physical public squares as places for debate, what do we risk losing?
How could they post that of me?
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The legal system is working out how much of an exclusive right you have to commercial use of your own name, image, likeness or identity – and online that doesn't just mean in an ad.
How many stars will you be rated?
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Peeple is getting called the Yelp of rating people. The cofounders say it will be a positive place that turns character into currency. But does it make sense to rate people as we rate restaurants?
There has to be a better way than this.
Any verbal exchange – whether a scientific panel discussion, lovers quarrelling in a hallway, or the political hard-talk of a live interview – is a very sophisticated human activity. Besides the intricate…
Civil unrest: anonymous comments are being banned from some popular websites - but does it chase away the trolls?
Every day, millions of internet users leave comments on web sites and on social networks covering any topic imaginable. At its very best, commenting fosters a social community of people sharing an interest…