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Students fail MOOCs because MOOCs fail students

For Al Jazeera English, I took on MOOCs, or massive open online courses. (Spoiler! Not a fan: ) The best word to describe MOOCs – at least in terms of their capacity to replace traditional education – is “failure”. Most … Continue reading

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Why do anthropologists ignore the internet?

I have a new essay up at Ethnography Matters called On Legitimacy, Place and the Anthropology of the Internet. This was adapted from a chapter of my dissertation which I had been encouraged to publish in an academic journal, but since … Continue reading

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Interview on digital activism

The Washington University student newspaper did an interview with me about digital activism in light of the Kony 2012 affair. Here are a few excerpts from the article, “Exploring the effects of ‘Slacktivism’”: While Kony 2012 has been deemed one … Continue reading

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On Slacktivism

I have a new article for Al Jazeera English on perceptions of “slacktivism” in the Kony2012 and Trayvon Martin campaigns: Slacktivists are the hipsters of the digital world: everybody recognises them but no one claims to be one. The term … Continue reading

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Networked Authoritarianism and Social Media in Azerbaijan

Katy Pearce and I have a new article out in the Journal of Communication called “Networked Authoritarianism and Social Media in Azerbaijan”. We wrote about the reaction to the 2009 “donkey blogger” incident, in which activists Adnan Hajizada and Emin … Continue reading

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Click-through credibility: Kony2012 and Webvybory2012

Like everyone who researches the internet and politics, I’ve been fascinated by the controversy generated by Kony2012. For Al Jazeera, I look at issues of transparency and credibility in online video propaganda, drawing a parallel between Kony2012 and the Russian … Continue reading

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Rethinking Online Activism

In an article for Al Jazeera, I wrote about the closure of a long-running and popular Uzbek web forum, Arbuz, which proved an unlikely breeding ground for political expression: Many have said that we live in an era of journalism … Continue reading

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