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Social media news and analysis from The Nation
November 15, 2022
Elon Musk Doesn’t Understand Twitter’s Real Value
For all its limitations—and there are many—Twitter is the closest thing the world has to a transnational public sphere.
November 1, 2022
How Social Media Erases Context
Indiscriminate sharing has dissolved the boundaries between what we say and when and where we say it.
October 31, 2022
Elon Musk’s Big Twitter Adventure Will End in Disaster
The good news is that the plutocrat’s move to turn a social media platform into a forum for the far right probably won’t work.
October 28, 2022
Propaganda’s Worst Enemy
Samizdat 2.0 is here, and so is the hope of change in Russians’ mindset.
October 24, 2022
I Wanted a Boyfriend. My Life Coach Told Me to Become a Commodity.
Life coaching offered the energy and promise I was looking for—until I learned what it wanted from me in return.
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October 14, 2022
The Intimate and Interconnected History of the Internet
Kevin Driscoll’s new book
The Modem World
offers a picture of an early Internet defined by community, experimentation, and lack of privacy.
October 3, 2022
Pankaj Mishra’s Novel of Intellectuals and Influencers
Mishra’s first work of fiction in over a decade examines how ideas circulate in an age of social media and “ideas festivals.”
September 20, 2022
The Prying Eyes of Social Media
The lack of regulation of online platforms puts our private lives up for sale.
Patricia J. Williams
August 25, 2022
Searching for Local Identity in “The Bear” and “Chicago Party Aunt”
The FX drama and Netflix animation both attempt to embody the city of Chicago. That’s an increasingly difficult task when the city itself is a jumbled simulacrum of its own past.
August 23, 2022
What’s Life Like for the Content Moderator?
Hanna Bervoets’s novella
We Had to Remove This Post
attempts to get inside the mind of one the Internet’s frontline workers.