Archive for the 'Media & Communications' Category

14
Oct
09

Twittering Teens? Not so much

ZTNov18SOCIOLOGY PROFESSOR ZEYNEP TUFEKCI

Why aren’t teens flocking to Twitter? Social media applications are not identical; they are communities with different norms, values and expectations. Twitter is structured as a text-based broadcasting medium which may not appeal as much to teenagers who are more likely to seek peer interaction and visual communication. At the moment, Facebook seems to fit that mold better. It is unsurprising that different platforms appeal to different audiences.

BIO/CONTACT

16
Jun
09

Twitter Revolution in Iran? Tools for Tumultuous Times

SOCIOLOGY PROFESSOR ZEYNEP TUFEKCI

The massive protests in the wake of Iran’s disputed election demonstrate how many-to-many communication technologies have the potential to radically change the nature of civic participation. Iran is not the first instance where these tools have been deployed to challenge a regime – from the Philippines to Burma, from the pro-immigrant rallies in the United States organized through text-messaging to Iran where Twitter has emerged as a central information dissemination channel, people are turning to their cell phones and their computers during times of upheaval.

Repressive regimes everywhere have long depended on their monopoly over one-to-many communication –i.e., they, and only they, can broadcast– and their ability to keep their population isolated from each other and the world. However, the genie seems to be finding it easier and easier to escape from the bottle. In Iran people are coordinating protests, organizing rallies and informing each other and the rest of the world of the latest developments through Twitter, Flicker, YouTube, Blogs and Facebook. In tumultuous times, these tools provide the opportunity to focus and direct the energy and the anger of millions of people.

BIO/CONTACT

17
Nov
08

New Media Revolution?

Sociology Professor Zeynep Tufekci
ZTNov18.bmpNew media is inextricably linked to how youth socialize, play, learn, communicate and, now, engage in politics.
However, what we have witnessed should not be interpreted as a mere result of clever and strategic deployment of a shiny new tool. President-Elect Barack Obama’s campaign certainly made great use of new media format. But it’s a mistake to assume that youth are ripe for plucking by whomever happens to friend them on Facebook.
New media allows youth to organize more efficiently but it cannot by itself generate interest or allegiance to a political party or philosophy; it can, however, make it easier to be part of a civic community.
BIO CONTACT

03
Sep
08

‘Spore’ Video Game Creative, Challenging Sandbox

marcolano.JPGGAIM Program Director Marc Olano

The new video game ‘Spore‘ looks to be a hit because it is so different from other games out there. Will Wright has a reputation for creating sandbox games where the players are given the freedom to do whatever they want. The trick is to still preserve the sense of challenge of more scripted games. If you gave someone dice, would they invent craps or Yahtzee? Most wouldn’t. The cool thing about Spore is that it isn’t just one or two, but several distinct and unique games that, at least so far, look to be fun.

BLOG
CONTACT




UMBC’s Faculty Experts Vlog

FOLLOW US ON

Latest TalkingHeads on Twitter