By Ethan Zuckerman “Accents are just mouth fonts.” That brilliant observation is just one of the gems I found today on r/BrandNewSentence, an online community dedicated to collecting “sentences never before written, found in the wild”. Fans of these strange sentences also enjoy r/NatureIsMetal, which features images of animals being savage or brutal, and r/InstantKarma,… Continue reading We Mapped Reddit: Introducing RedditMap.social
Trust: A Reimagining Miniseries
In March 2023, we ran a four-part miniseries called “trust,” where we talked about how trust works online from a bunch of different angles: free speech and platforms, gamer guilds, crypto and DAOs, justice, and more. These episodes are pretty unique in their feed, with each one covering a different topic through interview segments and… Continue reading Trust: A Reimagining Miniseries
The Three-Legged Stool: A Manifesto for a Smaller, Denser Internet
“The Three-Legged Stool” is the Initiative for Digital Public Infrastructure’s banner white paper: the culmination of our work here at the lab so far and our roadmap for our efforts in the coming years. It was written primarily by Chand Rajendra-Nicolucci and Michael Sugarman under the editorial direction of Ethan Zuckerman. Access “The Three-Legged Stool”… Continue reading The Three-Legged Stool: A Manifesto for a Smaller, Denser Internet
New_Public: A Social Network Taxonomy
Ethan writes about his 2×2 model of social media.
Prospect (UK): How to stop the internet becoming a junk heap
Ethan on enshitification.
Creating PublicSpaces by Geert-Jan Bogaerts, José Van Dijck, and Ethan Zuckerman
In Digital Government: Research and Practice. Abstract: Institutions like public broadcasters and universities face conflicts of values when using surveillant digital tools: organizations bound to protect the privacy and respect their autonomy of their constituents – which we term “values-led organizations” – find those values undermined by tools they must use to conduct business online.… Continue reading Creating PublicSpaces by Geert-Jan Bogaerts, José Van Dijck, and Ethan Zuckerman
Prospect (UK): Tech has an innate problem with bullshitters. But we don’t need to let them win
Ethan on bullshit.
How social media could teach us to be better citizens by Ethan Zuckerman
In Journal of e-Learning and Knowledge Society – Special Issue on “Digital Citizenship.” Abstract: In 1995, social scientist Robert Putnam suggested that American civic life was weakening because people were retreating from public spaces. Local organizations from bowling leagues to men’s lodges, Putnam believed, helped train citizens in the mechanics of civics. People learn to… Continue reading How social media could teach us to be better citizens by Ethan Zuckerman
Prospect (UK): What we would lose in a world without Twitter
Ethan writes about the dawn of Twitter’s Elon Musk era.
Prospect (UK): Is social media like a newspaper or a telephone? The answer has big implications
Ethan writes about how we should categorize platforms in order to regulate them.