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Like for Pt. 2: Misinformation and Self-Diagnosis of ADHD on TikTok

Like for Pt. 2: Misinformation and Self-Diagnosis of ADHD on TikTok

Rachel Solis – 13900811 Mariana Vieira – 13151495 Anna Belosterkovskaya – 13454293 Alyssa Gehasse – 14050552 Introduction As social media companies fight to stay relevant, TikTok has emerged as one of the top platforms for the younger generations. Their...
Analyzing Black Lives Matter Infographics on Instagram: Instactivism or Real Impact?

Analyzing Black Lives Matter Infographics on Instagram: Instactivism or Real Impact?

Assignment A2 New Media Research Practices WG3, group 10 Group Members: Joey Schreuders Chenjie ZhangHanyu Cheng Yasmine Ben Abdessalem Word Counts: 2750 Introduction The burgeoning use of social media platforms with digital tools and visualization techniques is central to...
Alternative for Who? Investigating Public Opinion on Alternative Platforms

Alternative for Who? Investigating Public Opinion on Alternative Platforms

By Tristan Bannerman, Amie Galbraith, and Natalie Kerby While monopoly power is growing in tech, so is the public consciousness of the inner workings of large platforms. A growing movement of alternative platforms could hold the potential answer to...
A MEDICAL DOSE ON TIKTOK: AN ANALYSIS OF THE GROWING EDUCATIONAL SUB-GENRE

A MEDICAL DOSE ON TIKTOK: AN ANALYSIS OF THE GROWING EDUCATIONAL SUB-GENRE

New Media Research Practices WG5-A2 Final Project  Carla Roman, Lynn Kastalio, Alexia Miehm ABSTRACT As of September 2021 popular video-sharing app TikTok has reported more than one billion users (TikTok Newsroom 2021). This “global community” presents itself as an...
Weight Loss Applications and Affordances: Datafying Our Bodies

Weight Loss Applications and Affordances: Datafying Our Bodies

Feeling Unhealthy? There’s an App For That. The diet industry and media have long created body image insecurities in consumers (Messer et al.). Through the decades’ individuals have coveted the body ideal marketed to them and sought out products...
Like, swipe, match… “you vaxxed?”

Like, swipe, match… “you vaxxed?”

How Hinge and Tinder have adapted their affordances to the COVID-19 pandemic The COVID-19 pandemic caused a spike in dating app usage while simultaneously altering the standard dating practices. To analyze how dating apps have responded to this change,...
Sex Work Re-loaded: How Digital Platforms are re-defining Sex Work

Sex Work Re-loaded: How Digital Platforms are re-defining Sex Work

“Maybe I should start an OnlyFans” has become a well-known phrase across different platforms. This blog post explores how the dynamics of sex work have changed on online spaces by looking into the relationship between OnlyFans and Instagram, specifically...
The Face As An Infrastructure

The Face As An Infrastructure

In media studies, infrastructures are defined as foundational technologies, services and facilities that enable the communication of information and expression. “The face” has become an increasingly significant aspect of many of these infrastructures and thus, we may argue that...
The Big Problem with Uber’s Big Data: Ethics and Regulation of Data Ownership

The Big Problem with Uber’s Big Data: Ethics and Regulation of Data Ownership

“Technology is neither good nor bad; nor is it neutral”. That is why it is key to understand how we, as users and moderators, give additional meaning to technological features and participate in the complex chain of interactions they...
Collective Memory of Surroundings with Alternative Perspectives

Collective Memory of Surroundings with Alternative Perspectives

Artistic Narration of Data by Constructing the Memories of Humanity View of Refik Anadol’s Installation Machine Hallucination. 18 Sept. 2019. Art in America, Penske Business Media, 2019, www.artnews.com/gallery/art-in-america/aia-photos/refik-anadol-at-artechouse/. Accessed 3 Oct. 2021. An Aesthetic collective experience with “the other”....
Presearch: challenging the current framework of proprietary search engines and production of knowledge.

Presearch: challenging the current framework of proprietary search engines and production of knowledge.

As the current proprietorship search engine providers are not open and fully transparent and their technologies are influenced by economic, political and social factors, the framework for information literacy becomes more and more complex. Distributed search engines aim to...
My Fitness Pal; the power of search engines and world building

My Fitness Pal; the power of search engines and world building

Jasmin Figure 1 In 2021, the Fitness market (estimated by The Wellbeing Creative Co.) was valued at $96.7 bn. This calls into question for us as media scholars; how does the fitness market manifest and present itself within the...
How the Wall Street Journal made Facebook Inc. release an internal research

How the Wall Street Journal made Facebook Inc. release an internal research

In the middle of September of 2021, the Wall Street Journal added an article to their ‘Facebook files’. This article surrounded Facebook’s internal research on Instagram and the negative effects it might be able to have on its users,...
Screens in motorcars, what could possibly go wrong?

Screens in motorcars, what could possibly go wrong?

The dashboard does not merely afford drivers control over the car, but also mediates information between the vehicle and driver. The digitization of the motorcar now means that the proliferation of screens increases the amount of information that is...
Putting the “face” in Facebook: Examining the role of digital media mediation through Facebook’s latest smart glasses

Putting the “face” in Facebook: Examining the role of digital media mediation through Facebook’s latest smart glasses

In Reality Check Digital Methods, Venturini et al make the claim that, though we upload our own content to our social media profiles, digital media itself “belong to the companies and institutions that have paid the huge cost necessary...
Roads in You – the Visualization of Research

Roads in You – the Visualization of Research

In “What is Visualization” Lev Manovich discusses the changing role of information visualization (hereby referred to as infovis) as a result of computational advancements. To which he focuses on the practice of ‘direct visualization’ as a more contemporary technique that...
On the Possibility of Preserved Privacy: The Case of Google Photos

On the Possibility of Preserved Privacy: The Case of Google Photos

Today we live in a hyper-connected world with constant online activity. This lends itself to the accumulation of unprecedented data of and about people, dubbed “Big Data”. Google is a key part of this ecosystem and Google Photos is...
Stories as Specters of our Past: Evaluating the Impact of Ephemeral Media on Research Practices.

Stories as Specters of our Past: Evaluating the Impact of Ephemeral Media on Research Practices.

What makes platforms like Instagram Stories important to address is not only our general inability to look at past media artifacts – but also the impact in terms of scholastic research throughout a variety of disciplines.
How to Study Shadow Curators? Biases in the YouTube Algorithm

How to Study Shadow Curators? Biases in the YouTube Algorithm

It is getting harder to pinpoint the interferences when it comes to our experience in digital media. We are constantly living under the flood of content the internet has to offer, never really realizing that our choices are being...

Privacy, social media and lawsuits

COVID-19 Prevention and Control Using Big Data Technology in China: from an ethical perspective

COVID-19 Prevention and Control Using Big Data Technology in China: from an ethical perspective

Abstract  Given China’s regulatory applications for Covid-19 to monitor the country’s health, it’s critical to engage in the discourse over the significant ethical implications that may arise from the health and personal data collection phenomenon that is highly likable...
Data Visualization and the Aestheticization of Activism on Instagram

Data Visualization and the Aestheticization of Activism on Instagram

In Kennedy and Hill’s article “The Pleasure and Pain of Visualizing Data in Times of Data Power” the way data is communicated through visualization is explored along with the ideological work that is involved, the ways in which data...
NFTs and the infrastructural value of digital art.

NFTs and the infrastructural value of digital art.

In March 2021 the most expensive collection of digital artworks ever was auctioned as an NFT, or non-fungible token, for $69.000.000. This event highlights the NFT craze over the past two years (Chow). Some may think the hype is...
“You’re all caught up”: Instagram’s new attempt to expand data collection

“You’re all caught up”: Instagram’s new attempt to expand data collection

When you have browsed through all the posts that your following users have posted in the past few days, Instagram will tell You, “You’re all caught up” by showing a banner. In the past, the subtext of this statement...