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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Last spring, I finally signed up for Foursquare, the social networking site and app that allows you to check in at places on your mobile device. When I first heard about Foursquare, I was skeptical: what’s the point, and why … Continue reading
Zadie Smith’s review of The Social Network and Lanier’s You Are Not a Gadget gets one thing right: “Different software embeds different philosophies, and these philosophies, as they become ubiquitous, become invisible.” And of course, Smith gets other things right … Continue reading
Part of my dissertation will explore how mobile device usage (e.g., laptops, cell phones, iPads) affect our conceptions and practices of the private and public. Throughout the last century, the development and purchase of various communication technologies have caused anxiety … Continue reading
Here’s an interesting video on how easy it is to find all sorts of information about something, based solely on their first name and the fact that they’re in your class. In a matter of five minutes of Internet research, … Continue reading
via Failbook, a cartoon: Particularly pertinent as I consider privacy, the closet, and convergent audiences and media.