A journal article in pictures…and words, of course.

Just a couple of weeks ago, I had a blast presenting my context collapse research to QUT’s Children and Youth Research Centre at their Keyword Seminar “Connections“. Just thought I’d share the slides here since they basically illustrate my article ‘He has a way gayer Facebook than I do’: Investigating sexual identity disclosure and context collapse onContinue reading “A journal article in pictures…and words, of course.”

Can Facebook help you to be ‘post-gay’?

Like I mentioned in my last post, I’ve been mulling over this notion that we might be living in a ‘post-gay era’ now. I went digging in my interview data from my Master’s thesis, some of the findings of which have been published here, to further explore exactly what participants said about coming out andContinue reading “Can Facebook help you to be ‘post-gay’?”

Foucault on ‘coming out’

(Image courtesy of The Keep Calm-o-Matic) I’m starting a little investigation into the development of ‘post-gay’ identity. And I mean this not at all in the sense of ‘ex-gay Christians’ but instead in the way LGBTQ youth are claiming post-gay as an identity that signals sexual fluidity and doing away with labels (as explored in Edmund Coleman-Fountain’sContinue reading “Foucault on ‘coming out’”

Social media monopolies don’t produce informed citizens

(Image courtesy of Robert Acevedo on Flickr) Given my large number of Facebook friends who are former Internet Studies alum or current colleagues, and that this article was published by Buzzfeed, it was all over my newsfeed this morning: How Ferguson exposed Facebook’s breaking news problem The gist of the article is that while Twitter hasContinue reading “Social media monopolies don’t produce informed citizens”

When Canadians get mad (at Rob Ford), they retweet

As a Canadian overseas, I can’t say that I want to perpetuate news about Toronto’s Mayor Rob Ford, since he is often one of the main topics that people bring up in relation to Canada. However, as he’s still making headlines and causing a stir on Twitter, I thought a Ford story would be aContinue reading “When Canadians get mad (at Rob Ford), they retweet”

Beginnings of a PhD project: Coming out and social media

(Image courtesy of the Degrassi Wiki) Let’s travel back to a formative time when I used to come home after school every day and watch reruns of the original Degrassi Junior High – a Canadian-made TV drama about tough teen issues. An episode* halfway through season three stands out: one of the main characters, Snake (theyContinue reading “Beginnings of a PhD project: Coming out and social media”

Contrasting identity perspectives and Facebook’s new gender options

(My uni!) It’s taken a while to get settled in (such as being an Internet studies researcher without home Internet, yargh!) but I think I’ve finally got my bearings here in Australia so it’s time for a blog post. Just to bring you up to speed, I’m doing a PhD in Media and Communications withContinue reading “Contrasting identity perspectives and Facebook’s new gender options”

Not even Snapchat can save us from ourselves

(Photo courtesy of Alyssa L. Miller) While preparing for work this morning, the casual banter went as follows: My Partner: “Are you ready to go?” Me: “No, I’m reading some article about Snapchat.” MP: “Is that the one about the security issue where they leaked-” Me: “Names and phone numbers?” MP: “Yeah… But we shouldContinue reading “Not even Snapchat can save us from ourselves”

A bit of practical advice

Your Networked World: Connections, Self-Presentation and Privacy in the Age of Social Media from Stefanie Duguay I’m giving this presentation at a “Lunch and Learn” event at work tomorrow! It will be my first time translating my research and literature review into practical advice and media literacy tips that everyday social media users can apply.Continue reading “A bit of practical advice”