Anthropology, Internet, Social Media, Digital Literacy

Celebrity Studies Conference Presentatio...

I presented some of my ongoing research in July at the Celebrity Studies Conference in Amsterdam. Microcelebrity and Parenting in Malaysia from Julian Hopkins Abstract Lifestyle blogging has become an established part of the Malaysian internet, and these ‘microcelebrities’ (Senft 2012) develop parasocial relations through the interactive affordances of social media, leveraging authenticity through a carefully […]

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CURIOSITY casting shadows on the rocks, sand, pebbles and dirt. but is it Earth over which the shadows lengthen through the sol? it’s curious how it’s the same Sun on Mars warming the earth and the rocky plains, with half an hour and seven minutes to spare.

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What Will Donald Trump Do?

Well I’ve been following the spectacle of Donald Trump’s campaign with a mixture of fascination and horror, but the New York Post seems to have summed up a cognitive dissonance that I noticed amongst his following. Basically, you get supporters who say: ‘Oh he doesn’t really mean what he’s saying. He’s only doing it to get attention […]

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Everyday Use of Social and Mobile Media ...

In Malaysia, broadband internet penetration is measured at 72.2% of households (MCMC 2015a: 3), with 87.1% of internet users reporting using social media (MCMC 2015b).  Mobile phone subscriptions are ubiquitous, at 144.2 per 100 inhabitants, with 53.4% of these reporting owning a ‘smartphone’ (MCMC 2014: 6, 29). This means that the majority of Malaysians are able to […]

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Being Offended

Free speech is an instrument of power, which is why it should be available to everyone – without fear of violent retribution. However, should people choose to boycott a newspaper, to criticise it publicly, to call for others to boycott it, pursue them in court for hate speech, etc. that’s fine. The proper response of […]

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