Is Twitter Killing the Written Word?

February 14, 2020

If Donald Trump had anything in common with a poet, it would be Homer. Homer was a pre-literate poet from Ancient Greece, while Trump is a post-literate US president who prefers to be briefed orally, gets his news from television and boasts that he likes to read as little as possible. Homer refers...

Twitter’s Software Engineering Leads to Mind Engineering

August 27, 2019

In an article published by The Week, technology columnist Navneet Alang recounts his successful attempt (at least for the moment) to wean himself off Twitter. Addicted since 2007, the author describes how Twitter has succeeded in deforming his perception of the world. At one point, he focuses...

What’s Behind the Facebook Slump?

August 05, 2018

A fundamental shift may be occurring in the appeal of Facebook to the younger generation. Facebook has reset the growth meter for itself and other social media companies, which are facing changing user tastes and increased regulatory scrutiny in a world following the Cambridge...

How the Selfie Became an Obsession

June 21, 2018

Warning: the person in the selfie may not be as happy as they look. Millennials are known for their obsession with “selfies.” Every day, hours and hours are spent on smartphones, leaving many of us wondering how this narcissistic fad even started. Social media networks are wildly...

There Is No More Social Media

May 26, 2018

Influencer marketing might once have been a secondary effect or by-product of social media, but it’s now an integral part of any social platform’s vitality.  Few things are more suspicious than a gift from an anonymous benefactor, who asks nothing in return but your attention. It becomes...

Social Media Occupy a Great, Great Deal of Our Attention

March 17, 2018

Social media are changing us, our children and practically every conceivable aspect of society just as profoundly as the steam engine did in the 18th century. A number of Unidentified Flying Objects have landed around the world. What are their intentions? To destroy us? To bring peace on earth?...

Social Media and Consumerism in Indonesia

How social media platforms contribute to growing consumerism among Indonesian youth. Indonesia is a nation of 258 million people. Of that, nearly 124 million are in the labor force — the fifth largest in the world. So, it is easy to see that Indonesia carries enormous potential to keep...