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Ahmaud Arbery’s best friend, right, and his sister speak at a memorial event for Arbery on May 9, 2020. Sean Rayford/Getty Images

Why cellphone videos of black people’s deaths should be considered sacred, like lynching photographs

The US has a centuries-old tradition of killing black people without repercussion – and of publicly viewing the violence. Spreading those images can disrespect the dead and traumatize viewers.
Instagram users may be more influenced politically by their social connections on the platform than they are by political accounts. (Dean Moriarty, Pixabay)

Social ties, not politicians, may drive political participation on Instagram

A survey shows respondents who used Instagram for political information during the 2019 federal election were more likely to interact with people they knew, not political accounts.
U.S. President Donald Trump takes questions from reporters during a Coronavirus Task Force press briefing in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, D.C., on March 30, 2020. Madel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

Claims of ideological bias among the media may be overblown

Though political elites complain about what the media covers, and how they cover it, research shows that ideological bias among media outlets is largely nonexistent.
Randy Rainbow’s ‘A Spoonful of Clorox’ is a savage attack on U.S. President Trump, with a full spoon of saccharine. YouTube/Randy Rainbow

COVID-19 parody songs are the spoonful of sugar we need right now

We all need reassurance and humour in the coronavirus pandemic. A best-of list of both biting satire and silly parody to beat the quarantine blahs.
Joe Biden’s basement bookshelf has become a familiar background for his campaign videos. Photo by JoeBiden.com via Getty Images

Amid pandemic, campaigning turns to the internet

For many years, political operatives have been perfecting their use of the internet's vast array of social media platforms, websites and digital tools.
A sign outside Lions Gate Hospital in North Vancouver, B.C., explains visitor restrictions to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Conspiracy theorists are falsely claiming that the coronavirus pandemic is an elaborate hoax

Hospitals have requested that people avoid non-emergency visits, and conspiracy theorists are posting images of empty parking lots online as false proof that COVID-19 is an elaborate hoax.
The coronavirus pandemic has led to many people using social media in more positive ways, including video conferencing platforms like Zoom. (Shutterstock)

Who’s Zoomin’ who? How the coronavirus crisis is finally putting the ‘social’ into social media

Social media has become a virtual lifeline during the COVID-19 crisis. How people in isolation are using Zoom and other platforms goes against the notion that social media makes us more anti-social.

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