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  1. Sarah Cooper’s 10,000 Hours

    “Befitting a 10,000 hour journey that constantly saw experimentation (tweeting, writing, drawing, open mics, stand-ups, acting) the groundwork was laid for Cooper’s next breakthrough via a new platform: Tik Tok.” Trung T. Phan examines the rise of comedian and Trump lip-sync master Sarah Cooper.

    Current Events
  2. The Girl on the Train

    Erynn Brook compiles a thread of tweets, about her encounter with an 18-year-old stranger having a seizure on the subway, into a post on her blog.

    Commentary
  3. You Don’t Have to Live in Public

    Austin Kleon on the need to gain a sense of ownership over our online lives: “Back [in 2013], the worst I felt social media did was waste your time. Now, the worst social media does is cripple democracy and ruin your soul.”

    Commentary
  4. What Does One Word Matter? Doctoral Women on Twitter.

    Medievalist Lucy Allen writes on the recent move among women in academia to add the title “Dr” to their Twitter name, which she views as “an act of faith, a promise to myself to keep my work from being erased.”

    Academia
    Image by Caitriana Nicholson (CC BY 2.0)
  5. Art
  6. Happy International Internet Day (Plus: Cats!)

    October 29, 1969: we sent the first tiny bit of data from one computer to another, and the world was never the same.

    Culture
    The internet's favorite furry friend and meme fodder, lost in the tubes. (Photo by JPHoesch (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0).
  7. The PEI Bomb Threat and the Politics of Twitter

    “I will never give in to fear that is based on Twitter logic. I will never develop policy with bigots who masquerade as Twitter experts. I will not connect random dots between violence downtown and the brown neighbour next door.” Reflections on violence, Twitter, and politics, from a Canadian looking south.

    Academia
  8. A Proustian View on Being Unfollowed

    How do we really feel when someone unfollows our blog or our Facebook account? In this personal reflection, Andrew Reid Wildman unpeels the “layers upon layers of emotion that can find themselves interwound with social media.”

    Commentary
  9. Critical Geekery: Talking Representation in Pop Culture with the Nerds of Color

    The writers at The Nerds of Color discuss their favorite shows, shifts in the media landscape, and supporting inclusive entertainment.

    Comics
    Part of a panel from the comic book Goldie Vance, the source material for one of the Nerds' current favorite cartoons.
  10. My Twitter Account Reads Like a Dysfunctional Food Network Show

    “I’m just a girl, standing in front of a self-checkout, screaming that there’s no unexpected item in the bagging area.” Abby at Abby Has Issues proves that she tweets a lot about food.

    Food
  11. “My perception is that much (but not all!) of Silicon Valley is riddled with these sorts of people. Smartest in their class, impressive degrees, ability to ace whiteboard interview problems, but very little ability or desire to relate to teammates or even customers as human beings.”

    Longreads
  12. Awesomely Luvvie

    Popular humorist Luvvie Ajayi has been blogging for over 13 years. On Awesomely Luvvie, she skewers all things pop culture. “I thoroughly enjoy doling out side-eyes and there is never a shortage of people and foolishness to judge.”

    Humor
  13. Twitter, Will You Fix My Timeline?

    “I grew to despise reading my timeline.” Margarita Noriega offers a few solutions for what ails Twitter.

    Internet
  14. Some Strategies of Bot Poetics

    “Twitterbots are the most important development in contemporary poetry. . . . Twitterbots push poetic surprise into your social space, and their authors are encouraging and supporting you to join in the making.” Scottish poet Harry Giles analyzes text-driven Twitterbots and outlines what they’re doing poetically.

    Internet
    Photo by Duncan C (CC BY-NC 2.0)
  15. “To learn, we have to be social”: Talking Twitter and Teaching with Tressie McMillan Cottom

    Tressie McMillan Cottom on Twitter and social change, the role of the digital in our lives, and why stories will always be important.

    Academia
    "Hashtag" by eccodallaluna (CC BY-SA 2.0).