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Berkman Buzz: June 27, 2014

June 27, 2014

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danah boyd explains why "selling out" is meaningless to today's teens

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In the recent Frontline documentary “Generation Like,” Doug Rushkoff lamented that today’s youth don’t even know what the term “sell-out” means. While this surprised Rushkoff and other fuddy duddies, it didn’t make me blink for a second. Of course this term means nothing to them. Why do we think it should?

The critique of today’s teens has two issues intertwined into one. First, there’s the issue of language — is this term the right term? Second, there’s the question of whether or not the underlying concept is meaningful in contemporary youth culture.

From danah boyd's blog post, "'Selling Out' Is Meaningless: Teens live in the commercial world we created"
About danah | @zephoria

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Incredibly powerful piece by @quinnnorton: On the occasion of the release of The Internet's Own Boy. https://t.co/DCkH136xhD
Margy Avery (@iceskatingbears)

Ivan Sigal explores personal security in Karachi

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For three weeks, I walked on Karachi's streets for some five hours per day, through many different neighborhoods, through empty fields and playgrounds, past agricultural lands, industrial estates, and parks, and never experienced a single threat. This was in part because I was lucky, and because I was also unexpected -- neither known, nor a target, nor a threat. The same is not true for residents, who must navigate their security daily, following routines, conducting business, playing and living. They deserve a life free of terror and the drama that comes with spectacles such as last Sunday's attack.

From Ivan Sigal's piece in Foreign Policy, "Karachi's Killers"
About Ivan | @ivonotes

Christian Sandvig describes the dangers of "corrupt personalization"

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In my last two posts I’ve been writing about my attempt to convince a group of sophomores with no background in my field that there has been a shift to the algorithmic allocation of attention – and that this is important. In this post I’ll respond to a student question. My favorite: “Sandvig says that algorithms are dangerous, but what are the the most serious repercussions that he envisions?” What is the coming social media apocalypse we should be worried about?

From Christian Sandvig's blog post, "Corrupt Personalization"
About Christian | @niftyc

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You'd think the internet could help you lose 10 pounds. (Nope, I'm not hacked!) Me on dodging Facebook & algorithms: https://t.co/usoBiznD6B
Zeynep Tufekci (@zeynep)

DMLP reflects on the past seven years

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We have some important news to share from the Digital Media Law Project. After seven years of providing legal assistance to independent journalism through various methods, the DMLP will soon spin off its most effective initiatives and cease operation as a stand-alone project within the Berkman Center. The upcoming changes will ensure that our work continues in a robust and sustainable fashion, and so, while those of us here are a bit melancholy to see the end of an era, we are hopeful for what comes next.

I wanted to take this opportunity to look back over the history of the DMLP and its accomplishments, and to talk a bit about what the future will hold for our work.

From Jeff Hermes's blog post for DMLP, " Seven Years of Serving and Studying the Legal Needs of Digital Journalism"
About DMLP | @dmlpberkman

National Heroes get a Postmodern Makeover in Kazakhstan's #Selfie Statue Scandal

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This week the eyes of the Kazakh Internet have been fixed on an ill-fated statue of two national heroes caught between historical greatness and the trappings of the 21st century.

From Dasha Kondrateva's post for Global Voices, "National Heroes get a Postmodern Makeover in Kazakhstan's #Selfie Statue Scandal"
About Global Voices Online | @globalvoices

This Buzz was compiled by Rebekah Heacock.

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Last updated June 27, 2014