The Bureau Drawer

“Do you know what a poem is, Esther?” “No, what?” I would say. “A piece of dust.” (Sylvia Plath) We exist in an odd shell. Fragility is a rich, red blood and society is a shark – but you’re protected by a shark net. You’re just bleeding out in the ocean, dying slowly, whilst the […]

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Issue-Mapping Feminism on Twitter: Research Update

I have always been slightly frustrated at the notion of a ‘trending topic‘ on Twitter. Lots of people are tweeting about the same thing? SO WHAT? What does that tell us? What does it contribute to? BOOM! Just like that, my research topic was born. Recently I published this research proposal about issue-mapping the feminism discussion […]

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Research Proposal: Social Data Analysis of the Feminist Movement

My passion for digital media lies in its limitless nature. Entire conversations about a topic exist publicly online. There’s so much to be learned from these conversations, but generally analysis only goes so far to determine that a topic is trending, yet neglects to tell us what is really being said. Thus there is a gap […]

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The Attention Econo – omfg look what she posted!

The attention economy is the newfound social paradigm which refers to the adjustments which have occurred to the human attention span as a result of new media practices(source). Attention has become a scarce commodity in a world characterised by an abundance of information and it’s hyper-speed rate of transfer. The way in which the general public sort […]

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Potterwatch: How the Dank Lord Defeated the Dark Lord

In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, a magic radio station called ‘Potterwatch’ played a pivotal role in the defeat of Lord Voldemort. Hosted by Lee Jordan (that Gryffindor bloke with dreads who commentated Hogwarts quidditch matches), the program allowed users all over the wizarding world to tune in and contribute, to recognise and discuss issues which arose […]

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The Likes & Swipes of Social Media Personas

   Meet Steve, on the left. He’s a 43-year-old chain smoker with a passion for collecting vintage car parts. Rhys, in the middle, is an 18-year-old high school DJ who hopes to record his own music someday. Renee, on the right, is an entry-level public relations worker who hopes that her long hours of work will […]

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