Month: September 2012

Otterday! And Open Thread.

Please feel free to use this thread to natter about anything your heart desires. Anything great happening in your life? Anything you want to get off your chest? Books? News stories? What have you created lately? Commiserations, felicitations, temptations, contemplations, speculations?

Moral panic stifles useful dialogue on social media “trolling”

From work I’ve been doing for a forthcoming book on new media and Australian politics, I have some useful data that may partially inform this discussion in the form of Facebook wallposts from 600 Australians collected before this recent debate took off (late 2011). In recent days I’ve reanalysed this dataset to shed some light on the treatment of women in the social media space.

Media Circus: out of step

Our leaders are cynically dodging behind parliamentary procedure to avoid properly representing their electorates, while another damning Aboriginal death in custody report raises scarcely a blip on the national radar. As usual for media circus threads, please share your bouquets and brickbats for particular items in the mass media, or highlight cogent analysis elsewhere, on any current sociopolitical issue.

Femmostroppo Reader, September 21st 2012

Marriage equality, the working poor, mental illness, gender roles and more. Sadly missing is discussion of Australia’s ongoing disregard of black deaths in custody. items of interest encountered recently in my feed-reader or via twitter. What did I miss? Leave your own interesting links in comments.