Anthropology of Social Media

Monthly archives for April, 2016

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 […]

Everyday Use of Social and Mobile Med...

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 […]

Microcelebrity and Parenthood in Mala...

I have started a new project, which also hopes to follow up from my previous doctoral research into the emergence of lifestyle blogging. One thing that struck me then, was how bloggers described having to adapt to unexpectedly large audiences, and then how they adapted again as they went through different stages in life – […]

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 […]