Yesterday, I had the pleasure of speaking to Patricia Karvelas for ABC Radio National Drive to discuss online virality. Specifically, we chatted about the recent slime making craze. Below, I reproduce a transcript of our conversation, centered around the rise of “visibility metrics” and the need to equip young people with “digital literacies” to discern the validity of information they encounter on the internet.
If you’re so inclined, the 5:11 interview is recorded here. Transcription below edited slightly for flow. Continue reading Slime safety: concerns about the latest online craze
In light of the recent DaddyOFive controversy, Tama Leaver and I have a new commentary out on The Conversation, reproduced below. In this piece, we call for greater transparency in labour laws and guidelines when young children are increasingly engaged in for-profit social media. Continue reading When exploiting kids for cash goes wrong on YouTube: the lessons of DaddyOFive
1 An act of shaking a person’s hand with one’s own, used as a greeting or to finalize an agreement.
– Oxford Dictionaries Continue reading First touches.
Between January and February this year, I ate Japanese food for 35 consecutive days in Singapore. Using food, place, and other materialities as placeholders for my sister, I was trying to reprogramme my body out of grief. Continue reading Reprogramming my body out of grief.
As an anthropologist of internet culture, I am often asked if all I do is sit in an air-conditioned room and surf the web all day.
Is this true? Continue reading Ten days in the life of an anthropologist on fieldwork.