Monthly Archives: February 2014

The age of the apocalypsticle

My first article for Politico is on “disaster porn”, with Ukraine coverage as a key example: The Kyiv protests were also starting to look like clickbait. By the end of the day on Wednesday, Business Insider, Talking Points Memo, Buzzfeed and Mashable had all published their … Continue reading

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The disappearing middle-class college student

From my latest for Chronicle of Higher Education Vitae: In his recent State of the Union address, President Obama announced his intent to make college affordable. “We’re shaking up our system of higher education to give parents more information and … Continue reading

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Hashtag activism and Twitter feminism

Why does the US media portray foreign Twitter activism as empowering but black Twitter activism as “toxic”? My latest for Al Jazeera English takes on — among other things — the Nation article on the alleged hazards of Twitter: Social … Continue reading

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