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Wednesday 29 July 2015
Arts Comedy

lynn bixenspan: interview

Bridget Conway
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New York City comedian Lynn Bixenspan has recently been hailed as ‘one of the funniest feminists on Twitter.’ Social media has become an increasingly huge landscape of posts and opinions by comedians, artists, and celebrities that try to claim a place with the internet audience. To stand out amidst this huge crowd is definitely an…
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Tuesday 3 December 2013
News Politics World

in brief: republican party tweet typo sparks flurry of comments

Bridget Conway
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  Perhaps some Americans had a bit too much turkey and stuffing last week, or maybe the Republican Party just needs to hire an intern to check spelling and grammar mistakes on social media. Nonetheless, Sunday proved to be an interesting day on Twitter with the GOP tweeting a photo of Rosa Parks with the…
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Thursday 10 October 2013
News

daily feminist news 10.10.13

Ruby Grant
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Russian parliament debate law to strip gay parents of their children. In February the Russian parliament will debate a bill that could cause same sex parents to lose custody of their children. The potential law would allow the state to strip parents of custody if they practise ‘non-traditional sexual relations.’ Currently in Russia children can…
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Friday 17 May 2013
Culture Featured

are your tweets sexist?

Melissah Comber
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‘Wow, this user got the equality of retweeting almost down to an art,’ says Twee-Q, a website that analyses your retweets on Twitter based on the gender of the original tweeter. Boy, am I relieved! It definitely ranked high on my list of concerns. In fact, it comes in third, just after the price of…
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Monday 29 April 2013
Featured Opinion

twitter is the world’s panic room – and that’s okay

Shannon Clarke
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Before Twitter was as omnipresent as it is now, the concept was regular fodder for the writing of op-ed columnists. Experts, journalists and technophobes started philosophising about what this latest social networking site meant for privacy, intimacy, and communication. Globe and Mail writer Ian Brown even theorised that Twitter’s appeal had something to do with…
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Thursday 11 April 2013
Arts Books

literature & technology: where have all the lonely writers gone?

Raelke Grimmer
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The whimsical image of a writer brings to mind thoughts of troubled souls shut away in dark rooms, with a piece of paper and a pencil, or a typewriter, pouring their creations onto the page in deep isolation. When the writing isn’t going, that doesn’t matter, the writer can take a walk, or indulge in…
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Wednesday 27 March 2013
Culture News

#safetytipsforladies – the most sarcastic twitter trend yet

lip magazine
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Minding one’s lovely lady lumps isn’t usually the kind of advice stored under the heading “Safety Tips for Ladies”. But that’s exactly what the latest Twitter trend is. #safetytipsforladies was trending on Twitter on Tuesday 26 March, attracting a variety of hilarious, attention-grabbing tips strung together in less than 140 characters. The hashtag, coined by…
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Thursday 13 September 2012
Arts Books

literature & technology: the literary celebrity

Raelke Grimmer
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With the twenty-first century came the rise of the celebrity. We live in a society obsessed by the concept of “celebrity”. We lap up and crave stories and rumours and gossip about people placed firmly in the public eye, and don’t we just love it all the more if their lives turn to trash in…
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Tuesday 4 September 2012
Featured Opinion

cyberbullying, trolls and charlotte dawson

Freya Dumas
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I don’t think I could handle being a teenager today. And something I never thought I would say when I was a teenager – I would hate to be a celebrity. My reasons for both come down to social media. Don’t get me wrong, I love social media and it’s a large part of my…
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Wednesday 1 August 2012
Culture

social networking: is it time to switch off?

lip magazine
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Where do we draw the line when it comes to social media? In the past few years, I don’t think I’ve ever come across a person under the age of 30 who doesn’t have at least one social media account. Tales of these bizarre creatures seem to circulate amongst my friends in hushed voices: ‘…and…
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Thursday 19 July 2012
Opinion

social media & technology: is it as good as we think it is?

Holly Lazzari
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Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest…the list goes on! So many social media and blogging pages, millions of people using them each day along with the thousands of dating websites around, are we just living in a fantasy world and losing the ability to interact with actual human beings? I think back to when I was growing…
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Wednesday 20 June 2012
Culture

going for gold: hurdling virgins still cause a stir

Emma Koehn
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If the concept of two weeks of Olympic coverage sends you hurtling towards your hard drive ready to demolish five seasons of HBO drama programming, don’t fret – the soap opera that is the lives of professional athletes could entertain you yet. Pop media interviews with young female sports stars have been problematic in the…
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Tuesday 27 March 2012
Culture

socrates and social media: the benefits of an unexamined life

Rebekah Oldfield
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Saturday night sees housemates communicating virtually through their latest favourite app, ‘Draw Something’. It involves drawing a misshapen picture on your smart phone before sending it into cyberspace for a person who is similarly engaged to decipher. Is that portly figure Bert Newton’s head or an eggplant? How do you represent ‘navy’ to an absent…
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Tuesday 31 January 2012
Books

lip lit: kate bussmann, a twitter year: 365 days in 140 characters or less

Freya Dumas
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Chances are if you’re reading this, you’re a Gen Y (meaning you were born between 1980-2000, though these dates are not clearly defined). Gen Y are sometimes referred to as the Millennial Generation, Generation Me and the Net Generation. Gen Y is stereotyped as having Peter Pan syndrome, being disrespectful to authority figures, having a sense…
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