Social Networks

Digital Dementia is Killing Your Brain: Here’s the Cure

Resource Author:  Sedarius Tekara Perrotta
Resource Date:  12/21/2016
Resource Name:  CMS Wire
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The rate at which we consume data is having a profoundly negative impact on the way we think, work, and live.

Between the 1980s and the 2000s, the amount of information we consumed rocketed and, unsurprisingly, has continued to increase. Compared to the fifteenth century,

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Clark Goolsby’s Energetic Collages Explore the Idea of Information Overload

Resource Author:  Brock Brake
Resource Date:  12/09/2016
Resource Name:  The Hundreds
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I first met mixed media artist Clark Goolsby as he was unpacking a box of work during an installation for a solo exhibition in San Francisco earlier this year. As a gallery working for an artist for the first time, this unwrapping procedure can be very intimate for both parties. Perhaps I’m only speaking for myself—but it’s emotional. Seeing these works for the first time that few have seen before, there is a special dialogue that takes place between artist and the gallery they are unveiling these works to. The explanation of the works from the artist’s point of view during these types of unveiling processes is what I live for as a gallerist and curator.

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Fixation on Fake News Overshadows Waning Trust in Real Reporting

Resource Author:  John Herrman
Resource Date:  11/18/2016
Resource Name:  New York Times
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Something is deeply wrong when the pope’s voice, reputation and influence can be borrowed by a source that describes itself as “a fantasy news site” to claim that he has endorsed a presidential candidate, and then be amplified, unchallenged, through a million individual shares.

The attention paid to fake news since the election has focused largely on fabrications and outright lies, because they are indefensible, easy to identify and extraordinarily viral. Fake news is created by the kinds of people who, when asked, might call their work satire, or admit that they’re in it for the money or for the thrill of deception. Theirs is a behavior that can and should be shunned, and that Facebook is equipped, and maybe willing, to deal with.

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Fake News in U.S. Election? Elsewhere, That’s Nothing New

Resource Author:  PAUL MOZUR and MARK SCOTT
Resource Date:  11/17/2016
Resource Name:  New York Times
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HONG KONG — Facebook rumors force a well-known politician to publish proof of his heritage. Fake images show a prominent female leader in a hangman’s noose. A politician’s aide decries violent crime with a Facebook photo of a girl’s corpse — an image that turns out to come from another country.

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Social media loves echo chambers, but the human brain helps create them

Resource Author:  Chris Baraniuk
Resource Date:  11/17/2016
Resource Name:  qz.com
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In the week since Donald Trump’s victory, debate has raged over the role played by social media in the US election. Both Trump and his campaign’s digital director have partially credited social networks for his win, and Mark Zuckerberg has been under huge pressure to tackle the proliferation of fake stories on Facebook. On Wednesday, a BuzzFeed analysis found that fake news outperformed real news in the run-up to Election Day, and Oxford Dictionaries declared its word of the year to be “post-truth.” All in all, a tough time for objectivity.

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A 10-Digit Key Code to Your Private Life: Your Cellphone Number

Resource Author:  Steve Lohr
Resource Date:  11/12/2016
Resource Name:  New York Times
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The next time someone asks you for your cellphone number, you may want to think twice about giving it.

The cellphone number is more than just a bunch of digits. It is increasingly used as a link to private information maintained by all sorts of companies, including money lenders and social networks. It can be used to monitor and predict what you buy, look for online or even watch on television.

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Social Media and Disinformation in the Digital Age

Resource Author:  Sidharth Shekhar
Resource Date:  11/29/2016
Resource Name:  PC Quest
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The rise of social media in the digital age has altered the way we source our information. However, filtering the right information from the wrong one is not always easy. Social media has provided a platform to everyone to share their opinion with the world. But social networking isn’t making you smarter. In fact, it could be making you dumber by providing insights without requiring any actual thinking.

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Is it time you had a digital detox? Five top tips on stepping away from the online world

Resource Author:  Lucy Roue
Resource Date:  11/20/2016
Resource Name:  Manchester Evening News
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Information overload has become part of modern day life, but it isn’t always possible to power down and zone out.

Just a few decades ago, hardly any of us had access to the technology we do today, but now on average we spend up to 12 hours a day transfixed by digital devices and technology.

75% of us are using mobile phones, and over a billion humans are just a few clicks from being friends on Facebook. At the push of a button or swipe of a screen, we communicate, share and create with nearly anyone, anytime, anywhere.

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The Power of a Dinner Table

Resource Author:  David Brooks
Resource Date:  10/18/2016
Resource Name:  New York Times
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Kathy Fletcher and David Simpson have a son named Santi, who went to Washington, D.C., public schools. Santi had a friend who sometimes went to school hungry. So Santi invited him to occasionally eat and sleep at his house.

That friend had a friend and that friend had a friend, and now when you go to dinner at Kathy and David’s house on Thursday night there might be 15 to 20 teenagers crammed around the table, and later there will be groups of them crashing in the basement or in the few small bedrooms upstairs.

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Whoever Wins the White House, This Year’s Big Loser Is Email

Resource Author:  Farhad Manjoo
Resource Date:  10/19/2016
Resource Name:  New York Times
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Every four years, pundits race to anoint this or that newfangled tech trend as the next disruptive force to forever alter the mechanics of American democracy. The 2016 campaign has already been called the Snapchat election, the Periscope election, the Meerkat election, the Twitter election, the Facebook election and the meme election. (If there were a vomit emoji, I’d insert one here. And then we’d have the emoji election.)

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