About Michael J. Faris
Assistant Professor of English with research areas in digital literacy, privacy and social media, and queering rhetorics.
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Category Archives: Internet culture
The most recent XKCD comic features a man who has learned the art of “negging” from online forums of “pickup artists.” Negging is how pickup artists tear down a woman’s self esteem so that they then seek the approval of … Continue reading
I finished reading Tim Wu’s The Mast Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires last week, which chronicles how new information industries develop over the twentieth century and become closed systems. In short, his argument is that we need … Continue reading
One theme that has recurred while teaching intro to LGBTQ studies this term is the hope that my students place in the Internet in order to “fix” the problems of queer culture. Two particular problems were addressed with what I … Continue reading
This video is a great response to idealized views that the Internet will bring about democracy: h/t the blogora