Tag: Twitter

German Politics

Political online communication in Germany

One of my nagging worries about political communication online, and through social media, is the inequality of it. We are still stuck with the idea that social media gives everyone a voice and, to an extent, that is true. But when everyone has a voice, how do you separate the […]

Technology

Everyday tech ethics

A couple of months ago I had a conversation with two academic friends of mine about why they refused to use any messenger other than WhatsApp. “We just want it to work!” they said. “Well, Volkswagen cars work” I hit back. “That’s different,” they said. But then what about fairly […]

Technology

A little Twitter spat with Andrew Neil

Just under 48 hours ago I spotted a tweet from the BBC’s well known political journalist Andrew Neil – someone retweeted it into my timeline: Germany tonight in its biggest political crisis since late 1940s. Bigger even than UK’s current ongoing political crisis. — Andrew Neil (@afneil) November 20, 2017 […]

Brexit

Ian Dickinson (@iandicko73): a little Brexiteer case study

In the last 24 hours I’ve encountered a gentleman called Ian Dickinson on Twitter. He tweets with the username @iandicko73. He did not follow me, and I do not follow him. This was our first interaction: "EU citizen with a UK passport"Anyone RTing this fool will be blocked. https://t.co/IziXcf7LYz — […]

Technology

My new, less tolerant approach to Twitter

In mid January I was more or less offline for a fortnight as my laptop had a serious problem (more about that here). Yes, of course I have a smartphone, but I tend to access social media the old way through a web browser, and Twitter through Tweetbot on my Mac. […]

Technology

Twitter and publicness

Danny Yadron in The Guardian today wrote a piece entitled “Why do normal people struggle with Twitter?” that, via a conversation with Mathieu, drove me to write this piece. For Yadron’s alludes to an issue that has not been afforded much attention during Twitter’s current woes – namely the very […]