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06.12.15 Liam Mathews

Critics are saying a chicken sandwich from Fuku is “worth the wait.” No disrespect to Fuku, but I disagree. I’m not an economist, so my judgement that waiting in line to buy a chicken sandwich from Fuku is a poor investment of time and resources is an amateur one. I understand supply and demand, and […]

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02.03.15 Prachi Gupta

A grand jury has dismissed terrorist charges against a Brooklyn teenager who was arrested for posting a Facebook status of gun emojis pointed at police emojis. According to the criminal complaint, Osiris Aristy’s multiple social media posts “caused New York City police to fear for their safety,” prompting them to show up at his Bushwick […]

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01.16.15 Prachi Gupta

Though there is a seemingly ever-expanding body of research that suggests screen time is linked to stress in our hyperconnected world, a new Pew Study finds that the digital technology has an indirect relationship with the stress in our lives. And for women, digital technology may even relieve it. Pew asked more than 1,000 adults […]

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01.14.15 Rhett Jones

Fidia Falaschetti is an artist who concerns himself with getting laughs more than getting long critical theses about his work. The satirical target of these “Social Security Cameras” is fairly obvious — so we won’t bore you with an analysis of the ways we all put ourselves under surveillance when we use social media — […]

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01.09.15 Prachi Gupta

Your grandma may still use that AOL account for email, but don’t be surprised if you see her sharing photos and memes on The Facebook sometime soon — if she isn’t already. According to a new survey on social media by the Pew Research Center, use of the social media platform is on the rise […]

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12.01.14 Rhett Jones

According to a law enforcement source, social-media tools are leaving the NYPD at a disadvantage when it comes to stopping unruly protests on the streets of New York City. Referring to demonstrators who last week marched the streets of NYC in response to the grand jury decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri, the source […]

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11.26.14 Prachi Gupta

While it may feel like social media has taken over your life, a new web series shows you just how much worse it could be. Indiewire reports that Gilbert Gottfried and Tom Sizemore star in Life In Your Social Network, a series that illustrates what life would be like if every interaction IRL was like […]

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09.18.14 Sophie Weiner

Two students from the Oslo School of Architecture and Design set out to create a visual representation of social media streams that would change the ephemeral medium into something more solid. Syver Lauritzsen and Eirik Haugen Murvold’s “Monolitt,” is an obelisk that dispenses colored paint in accordance with mood data from social media.  The installation relies […]

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09.15.14 Sophie Weiner

UPDATE: Facebook has agreed to meet with Sister Roma and other affected drag queens at the request of San Francisco city Supervisor David Campos. Drag queens, trans people and others who go by names other than those on their birth certificate are being forced by Facebook to change their account to their “real name” or have their […]

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09.08.14 Rhett Jones

The U.S. Central Command thinks they’re on to the next viral video sensation — targeted ISIS stations blowing up real good. On Friday, the official @CENTCOM Twitter posted this enticing bit of click-bait: “Have you seen the latest airstrike videos from operations against #ISIL in #Iraq?” The tweet then links to the official CentCom YouTube channel, which […]

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