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Even without iPhones, people in the 19th century liked to see how long they could strike a pose and stay frozen. Wikimedia Commons

The Victorian origins of the Mannequin Challenge

Long before smartphones filmed the stiffened appendages of people seeking internet fame, striking a pose was a popular form of entertainment in Victorian England.
Traditional media gatekeepers are toast. 'Toaster' via www.shutterstock.com

Why do we fall for fake news?

Researcher who has studied online news for 20 years says people fall for fake news because they don't value journalistic sources and consider themselves and their friends as credible news sources.
A still image captured from a video from the Tulsa Police Department shows Terence Crutcher with his hands in the air. Tulsa Police Department Handout via REUTERS

How the Jim Crow internet is pushing back against Black Lives Matter

A scholar of visual culture sees a transition happening online as the alt-right reinterprets images of police shootings to push back against the gains made by Black Lives Matter.
Networking online might not be so good for your “social capital” overall. Kyle Steed/Flickr

The internet helps us translate ‘social capital’ to economic benefits

Spending lots of time on the internet might be good for getting what you want in the short term but it might not work in the long term.
For Grumpy Cat, a random internet post led to global fame and red carpet appearances. Danny Moloshok/Reuters

Memetics and the science of going viral

This scientific field suggests people have been passing along memes since long before the birth of the internet. What makes one bit of culture take off, while another sinks from sight?

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