In what ways do online spaces co-opt personal expression?

In a sense, digital social platforms homogenize personal individuality as much as they amplify and incentivize it. One of the most interesting contradictions of the ‘digital revolution’ is how big tech endlessly promise better tools to express our creativity, individuality, and unique voice in the world… …as we are happily baited into using platforms and …

Is “following” and “liking” fundamentally different than “reading”?

Remember blogrolls? These were lists of links to other blogs that a blogger would often post on their site. In the days before we surrendered everything to corporately sponsored algorithms, online writers and readers built networks by recommending fellow authors to one another. I’m curious: who do you read today? Who are the writers producing …

Tyranny of the Network Effect

Do you ever feel that digital media platforms like Facebook wield a tyrannical power over our lives? There is an explanation. The network effect refers to the positive feedback loop created by the mass adoption of a service or platform. For example, let’s say your friends are on Facebook, inviting each other to parties and …