2015 Tinder Highlights

While popular media outlets are gathering their ‘highlights of 2015’ stories, I thought I’d share some of the most interesting Tinder developments and articles that I came across this year. They are fascinating (or even bizarre) pieces of data that I came across in attempting to understand the evolution of this popular dating app as we see it today. […]

Me, myself, and my selfie: Ways of understanding selfies (SMSociety15 Workshop)

              I just wanted to take a moment to reflect on the selfies workshop that I had the honour to be a part of yesterday at the Social Media & Society 2015 conference. We had a great turn out for a session we called “Selfies: Inter-faces and ‘me’-diated bodies”, […]

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 on […]

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 and […]

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’s […]

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 has […]

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 a […]

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 (they […]

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 with […]