Monthly Archives: April 2014

Big Brother: 9 Ways You’re Being Watched We’re pretty much already transparent in so many ways. But, is it really a bad thing? Advertisements

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Social Media & The Digital Confessional: Full Outline

Watching Each Other: Foucault’s Panopticon and Confessional in Online Sharing I. Intro a. Thesis: The internet, especially social media, can be read as Foucault’s confessional-turned-panopticon, in which people expose and put into language (text, pictures, videos, music) their experiences and … Continue reading

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Social Media & The Digital Confessional: Outlining a long post

Tentative Thesis: The internet, especially social media, can be read as Foucault’s confessional-turned-panopticon, in which people expose and put into language (text, pictures, videos, music) their experiences and stories, the process of which makes them subject those experiences to social discourse, … Continue reading

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Ki Mae Heussner, “Digital Confessionals: Tweeting Away Your Vices”

This article explores the use of social media as a way to motivate/shame yourself into meeting a goal, like losing weight, monitoring your spending, or quitting smoking. The author looks at one man who lost weight by tweeting his caloric intake, … Continue reading

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Richard Joyce, “Internet Surveillance: A Virtual Panopticon?”

This short blog post appears to be part of Richard Joyce’s blog for a course at Bowdoin, and, similar to this blog, he’s thinking through some of his own thoughts in relation to what he’s read. The thrust of his thinking … Continue reading

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Jenny Hollander, “YouTube Video of Matthew Cordle Latest to Post Murder ‘Confession’ on Internet”

Last year, Because I said I would, a website that helps people post a commitment they are making, posted the above video on YouTube, featuring Matthew Cordle confessing to drunk driving the wrong way on a highway and killing a … Continue reading

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Kevin Kee, “Share your research. That’s what keeps the humanities alive.”

An interesting read about humanities research, the academy, and the ways in which the accessibility and openness of the internet begins to deconstruct the Ivory Tower. Kee reflects on his experience in the 1990’s, breaking into the academy through publications … Continue reading

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Indhu Rajagopal, “Does the Internet shape a disciplinary society? The information-knowledge paradox”

Rajagopal’s essay considers the relationship between information and knowledge through a Foucauldian framework. This was a complex, dry argument, so I’m going to try to communicate what I understood, and what I might continue to think about. In the knowledge/power … Continue reading

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Two Articles on Deep & Long Reading (That’s what she said.)

I was sent Michael S. Rosenwald’s “Serious reading takes a hit from online scanning and skimming, researchers say,” and Steven Poole’s “The internet isn’t harming our love of ‘deep reading’, it’s cultivating it” by a friend who I’m going to … Continue reading

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Simon Copland, “The Culture of Confession”

This short blog post on the Moonbat (Big ideas, big politics.) makes the same, limited move that much of what I’ve read before does: Copland begins with a nice little summary of Foucault’s confessional, and then turns to apply it … Continue reading

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