Tag Archives: Social Media

#ICA14: The Digital Divide and Big Data

At this year’s ICA conference in Seattle (pretty nice city, btw!) I laid a strong focus on the digital divide. Not only did IĀ attend the pre-conference on 20 years of digital divide research (http://www.icahdq.org/conf/2014/aroundtheworldcfp.asp) and present a paper there; I … Continue reading

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No Alarms and No Surprises (Please!)

Yesterday I had an interesting conversation about the effects of social media – and Facebook in particular – on how we experience reencounters. My conversation partner, who is not on Facebook, told me the story of how she stumbled upon … Continue reading

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Social (Media) Ties – It’s Complex Multiplex

Reading social media studies and social network (analysis) literature I am regularly surprised at how unidimensional the operationalization of social connections is. Ties are often just treated as present or absent – but not as a “channel” for interaction flows … Continue reading

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WhatsApp with Facebook? The Ramifications of the New Teen Social Media Logic

The teen mass exodus from Facebook has been widely covered in the media (e.g. http://yhoo.it/1bokTvo). It’s real and the numbers don’t lie. Many teens today don’t care much about Facebook – not nearly as much as the teens of 5 … Continue reading

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The Visibility Divide

Studies on the digital divide have increasingly shifted from access to skills, uses, motivations, and participation. Thus, not only the differences in access to modern ICTs matter but also the differences in how users apply these ICTs for constructive and … Continue reading

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En-Titled

How important is the title of academic publications? In my opinion, it’s very important. In times of information overabundance one often must select quickly based on limited cues, such as the abstract, keywords, or conclusion. In such situations, the title … Continue reading

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The problem with motives

Many studies in media and communication look at motives. Especially the Uses and Gratifications literature focuses on psychological and social motives. Such studies ask why people watch TV, why they read newspapers, or why they engage in online communities. The … Continue reading

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