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This summer I'm interning with +Free Press​, and in this blog post I'm proud to share why their cause is so important to me.
I’m a digital native: I grew up with video games, kids’ science sites and personal computers alongside my picture books, PlayMate toys and stuffed animals. Technology and media enriched my childhood, and I wouldn’t change a thing.
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// I love seeing the internet come together in moments like these. We can't anticipate such events, we can only ride the wave wherever it takes us. The joy is that it takes us all along with it. 

A few days back I shared an study that social media correlated with a rise in violence compared to mass media. They argued that mass media unified communities where social media fractured them, leading to violence. http://goo.gl/4i1NUG

This whole dress color thing is a clear reminder that the internet is one network. We spend out time on different subnets talking to niche communities about the things that only we care about, so it might look like we're fragmented and balkanized because we're not all dealing with the same input. But this is utterly wrongheaded; that's not how socialization works at all. No community is ever really homogeneous. 

Social media isn't just mass media, it is organized media. That means it's operating at a level of complexity and scale beyond anything traditional media can comprehend. It's the difference between throwing a bucket of water on your garden and installing a sprinkler system. 

We've crafted a global network that can amplify the mumblings on one network to attract the attention of our best minds across all networks. Within hours, the same debate (over the color of that dress) was happening a million times in parallel, with experts on call to weigh in.  http://goo.gl/KWNBWo

We didn't need a mass message or single voice to rally that collective attention. We just needed something compelling enough to share. Our networks form a seamless fabric that we've stitched together ourselves. We can bridge these networks and assemble at a massive scale when needed, or we can decompose into our cliques and save energy. Controlling our assembled attention is hard, and we have a lot to learn about cooperating at these scales. I'm sure we'll encounter even greater challenges in the future, so this is excellent practice. 

Good job, internet. Keep doing this kind of thing. It's good for you. 

// Framing this event for Skylar hth
https://twitter.com/theskylarian/status/571110941363994624
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So I don't think I mentioned it here - on possibly the most relevant network to the experience.

+Daniel Estrada​​ has lent me his #GoogleGlass until sometime in June. So that's a thing.

On Twitter and Tumblr the tag is #rininglass ("riningear," my handle + "glass") if you'd like to follow. 
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Oh. Hah. My friend accidentally shared this here. Looks cute though. 
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I don't post here as much as I should. Or at all. But honestly I really should. 

Anyway, life updates:

Ingress people should be sad but pleased to know that I'm already pretty much set up to do The Black Watchmen ARG, so if they do as much geocaching as I hope, then I might be out. However, Ingress takes up WAY too much time and battery for me to keep up with it again. 

In terms of interest in sciences, tech, whatever - because I know I have a lot of you in there - my field of interest has officially (yes, in documents) changed from computer science to sociology. Essentially, I stopped kidding myself. 

Basically I'm hoping to focus on the societal and cultural impacts of new-age media and technology. The chair seemed kind of excited about that, and the sociology department here is a tad bit behind on those sorts of subjects, so maybe my studies will have an impact. 

I think this is a better place for me to talk about that sort of thing, maybe I can network out to people that are legitimately interested in that sort of thing. So if you know anyone who posts about networking, systems, social media and culture, or anything like that, send them over here, I'd love to follow them. I'll also be posting my own thoughts and findings so I can keep better track of my own academic and personal interests. 

Onwards, I guess. \o/
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I still feel kinda bad, never got addresses from anyone who wanted stuff so I have a bunch of #Ingress  stickers and decals. And this area I live in is car-heavy so it's kind of hard to do the portal-capturing. I'm sure all the people in this area capturing portals have more than enough gas money to do so. 
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I think I'm also stuck at Level 4 as I have been for a year. Oh well. 
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Gamergate is killing video games. 

[So, following  #gamergate , you might think it was a minor bump in the reputation of the gaming community - you know, death threats and disgusting language aside, right? 

Nope. Tumblr user Zennistrad has anecdotes discussing how this "movement" has stripped  #gaming  of its reputation as a legitimate medium worthy of academic study. 

And hey, maybe I'm sharing this because I'm a bit salty that my gaming-related abstract didn't get accepted into a conference. But I'm personally afraid, as someone interested in studying new media and social spheres, that we'll lose a lot of traction in terms of letting games be studied under an academic scope. 

After all, the goal of GamerGate ironically was to have their medium be taken seriously -- right?]

#mediastudies   #newmedia  
In light of the controversy that has been extending back for more than half a year at this point, something extremely depressing has come to light. Not too long ago, Totalbiscuit, a popular games...
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No argument here, I may disagree with Anita's conclusions, but agree with her assertion that games aren't as diverse as they could be and more diversity in gaming is good. I am only concerned that the tone shift in the last video suggests that collaboration is no longer a viable means to resolve this schism and in 2 years we will be picking up the pieces of the hobby/medium much like the skeptics were sweeping up their community a few years ago.
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this morning I texted my ex-boyfriend. 
#rininglass    #googleglass  

(we're actually cool/friends, we went to the bar last night and he let me stay over and I was fiddling around with this)
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Yesterday for our #MediaStudies  class, I was assigned to present a "media example" to help expand on and discuss affective and immaterial labor.

I introduced +Twitch to the class, showing them an article with a video where industry professionals and pro gamers discussed the role of the site and players in building a gaming community. 

So I went in with a basic outline, which is usually pretty good. But then once I got into discussing all the aspects and answering questions about the relation between class material and the site, it really started bringing out questions about the role of not only players, but viewers and small-time gamers as well. Plus, I realized there's a LOT more to be discussed in the perspective of affective/immaterial labor than just the stream production and playing games as a form of labor - for example, the self-branding, cultural capital, convergent culture, capitalistic intentions, viewership as labor, etc... 

So this is a note to self in a way to expand on all that later on.

Someone kick me if I don't before I leave the academic environment. 
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> Van der Goot’s bot used his own tweets as fodder, taking random chunks of them and trying to recombine them into new sentences that made sense. According to van der Goot, the bot tweeted something that sounded like a threat which mentioned an upcoming event in Amsterdam. Best of all, the bot was responding to another bot, according to van der Goot. He is not identifying the bot and says he has deleted it, per the request of the police. If this is not a hoax, this may be the first time police had to respond because of a robot-on-robot threat of violence.

More: http://fusion.net/story/47353/twitter-bot-death-threat/
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Robots are starting to break the law, the law is trying to figure out what to do about it, and it all seems to be happening in Europe.
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#socialmedia   #racism  

[Basically I am really floored by this situation. This is why I want to get into social media studies. Found this on tumblr by "ghostdaddotcx" but the original post has vanished.]

"The account @Anti_Racism_Dog didn’t last long. Twitter suspended it quickly, a fate reserved only for the most aggressive, abusive and hateful users. What could a dog – an anti-racist one, at that – do to deserve it?@Anti_Racism_Dog had one real function: to bark at racist speech on Twitter. The account responded to tweets it deemed racist with the simple response ‘bark bark bark!’ Sometimes it would send wags to supporters but that was pretty much it.

"For the short time it lasted, it was amazing to watch how people reacted to @Anti_Racism_Dog. The account would respond mostly to what the sociologist Eduardo Bonilla-Silva would call ‘colour-blind racism’, that is, racisms that are generally right-libertarian in orientation and justified through appeals to supposedly objective discourses like science and statistics. It’s a notoriously insidious white-supremacist ideology, a virulent strain evolved specifically to resist anti-racist language. Colour-blind racism defends itself by appeals to neutrality and meritocracy, accusing its adversaries of being ‘the real racists’. Although its moves are predictable, they’re hard to combat rhetorically since they’re able to ingest the conventional opposition scripts. Colour-blind racists feed on good-faith debate, and engaging with them, especially online, is almost always futile. But when they’re barked at by a dog, one whose only quality is anti-racism, they flip the fuck out. They demand to be engaged in debate (‘Tell me how what I said was racist!’) or appeal to objective definitions (‘The dictionary says racist means X, therefore nothing I said was racist’), but @Anti_Racism_Dog just barks.

"@Anti_Racism_Dog inverted the usual balance of energy in online dialogs about race. Precisely because the dominant global discourse is white-supremacist, it is rhetorically easier to make a racist argument than an anti-racist one. Look at almost any comment thread or discussion board about race and you can see anti-racists working laboriously to be convincing and to play on their opponents’ ‘logical’ turf, and racists repeating the same simple lines they were taught (‘I didn’t own slaves’, ‘I’m just stating the facts’, ‘The Irish were persecuted too’, etc.) ‘Trolling’ as a certain kind of internet harassment is tied to time: the successful troll expends much less time and energy on the interaction than their targets do. It’s the most micro of micro-politics, an interpersonal tug of war for the only thing that matters. But have you ever played tug of war with a dog?

"A true troll doesn’t have a position to protect because to establish one would leave it vulnerable to attack, and playing defence takes time.@Anti_Racism_Dog, by fully assuming the persona of an animal, was invulnerable to counter-attack. You can’t explain yourself to a dog and you look like an idiot trying. The only way to win is not to play but this is the colour-blind racist’s Achilles Heel: they’re compelled to defend themselves against accusations of racism. It’s the anti-racist argument that gives them content; theirs is an ideology that’s in large part a list of counter-arguments. After all, white-supremacists are already winning – their task now is to keep the same racist structures in place while making plausibly colour-blind arguments against dismantling them.@Anti_Racism_Dog was empty of anything other than accusation and so left its targets sputtering.

"The account served a second purpose: as a sort of anti-racist hunting dog.@Anti_Racism_Dog quickly attracted a lot of like-minded followers who understood the dynamics at play. Whenever it would start barking at another user, this was a cue to the dog’s followers to troll the offender as well. There’s only so much one dog can do alone. Colour-blind racism is particularly dangerous because it isn’t immediately visible as such. It provokes good-faith discussion from liberals about what counts as racism, muddying the water. But @Anti_Racism_Dog’s strategy draws new lines about what constitutes acceptable discourse on race, placing colour-blind racists on the other side by speaking to them like an animal. What would be taken as totally insane in flesh space can be infuriatingly clever online."
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I did a panel at Otakon about the Vocaloid community. Also, I've seen more Broadway shows than I can count on my hands and toes.
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