Social Media and Cyber Democracy: Thoughts on a Lecture by Marko Skoric

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Marko Skoric’s lecture at Malmo University on 8 October 2015, regarding his research on Political Expression, Exposure to Disagreement, and Opinion Shielding on social media as predictors of Citizen Engagement, was a trigger to reflect on a number of issues: the evolution of a new public sphere through social media to democracy and gender discourse.

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The Case of…

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by Eleni Maria Rozali

Elliot Toger made headlines back in May 2014 with the University of California, Santa Barbara 2014 killings. There he killed six people, injured 13 others and committed suicide.

The police investigation revealed him as an extreme misogynist, inspired to kill women because they had no sexual interest in him. This shocking, yet extreme case, alarmed women across the globe; they took to Twitter and the hashtag #YesAllWomen was born, enabling them to use it on social media to share their stories and experiences of male harassment.

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Michelle Obama releases playlist of anthems for International Day of the Girl

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Michelle Obama was grooving to the tunes of Beyoncé, Demi Lovato and Esperanza Spalding as she celebrated the International Day of the Girl on Sunday. The US first lady tweeted Sunday a link to a “girl power” music playlist on the streaming music platform Spotify. The United Nations has designated 11 October to promote awareness of gender inequality around the world.

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Click to Save the World

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by Eleni Maria Rozali

When I first saw the link for the Google Fortune telling page in my FB newsfeed, I thought, “What?” And as a regular, curious person the next thing I did was to go ahead and to try it, and I was in for a surprise: this was in fact an app created to raise awareness (and money) for the migration and refugee crisis that has escalated over the past year.

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The (Questionable) 15 Minutes of Fame

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“In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes.” – Andy Warhol

I am not quite sure if Warhol understood the impact this statement would have in the generations to come, when he spurted it out back in the late 1960s; and now in the age of online and social media it is more relevant than ever.

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