Social Media Filter
  1. Your Digital Diet in 2017: On Blogging, Reading, and Social Media

    Writers comment on consumption, social media routines, blogging, and reading.

    Internet
    Illustration by Michael Byers
  2. To Act, or Not to Act On Social Media

    Michael Sacasas posits that when faced with hate on social media, silence is the best response.

    Commentary
  3. Happy International Internet Day (Plus: Cats!)

    October 29, 1969: we sent the first tiny bit of data from one computer to another, and the world was never the same.

    Culture
    The internet's favorite furry friend and meme fodder, lost in the tubes. (Photo by JPHoesch (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0).
  4. Music to Your Ears: Behind the Scenes at Bandcamp Daily

    Bandcamp’s editorial director talks about their blog, which fosters serendipitous discovery and community.

    Business
  5. “The concept of authenticity is much over-hyped these days, and it seems to me a sad state of affairs that it’s something we need to cultivate — as if being authentic is just another act.” 

    Authors
  6. The PEI Bomb Threat and the Politics of Twitter

    “I will never give in to fear that is based on Twitter logic. I will never develop policy with bigots who masquerade as Twitter experts. I will not connect random dots between violence downtown and the brown neighbour next door.” Reflections on violence, Twitter, and politics, from a Canadian looking south.

    Academia
  7. A Proustian View on Being Unfollowed

    How do we really feel when someone unfollows our blog or our Facebook account? In this personal reflection, Andrew Reid Wildman unpeels the “layers upon layers of emotion that can find themselves interwound with social media.”

    Commentary
  8. How to Blog Your Way around the World: A Conversation with Shivya Nath

    On solo travel, keeping a blog as a nomad, and finding inspiration in everyday encounters.

    Exploration

    Photo courtesy of Shivya Nath.

  9. “Serious academics”

    “If you think we’re putting academic work on social media to please our university or to appear enthusiastic, then you need to pull your head out of a cave.” Terry McGlynn responds to a “serious academic” who says academics shouldn’t share their work on social media.

    Academia
    Photo by Shawn Campbell (CC BY 2.0)
  10. The Patreon Blog

    The official blog of crowdfunding platform Patreon offers tips, advice, and inspiration for creators of all stripes.

    Inspiration
  11. When little Tommy has the ability to pop in contact lenses to play in a virtual world and doesn’t come out of his room for a month, that generation of parents will express the same type of concern their parents did about spending time on Snapchat.

    Culture
  12. Real Life

    Real Life explores living with technology and publishes essays, arguments, narratives, and more. The magazine was launched by a team of editors and writers from The New Inquiry, Adult, and Hazlitt and is headed by social media theorist Nathan Jurgenson.

    Commentary
  13. He died while I was off Facebook, and news had not reached me by any other channel. But there it was. Out of nowhere and without warning my browser was haunted by the very real presence of death. Momento mori.

    Death
  14. An Open Letter to the Journalist Who Thinks I’m Lying

    Emily Eveland’s xoJane post about seeking revenge against her rapist went viral. Then came the social-media backlash questioning the authenticity of her narrative. This is her response.

    Abuse
  15. Discarded Hashtags Are Filling Up the Ocean

    At Electric Lit, Elizabeth Scanlon shares a trio of poems on this modern life.
     
    “Don’t die on the subway platform or you’ll be cursed / by thousands for fucking up their commute / before they even scrape you up. /  Oh the eight thousand inconveniences.”

    Jetpack