World Social Media Day

World Social Media Day

In honor of World Social Media Day, we recognize social media’s impact on global communication and what connects us all

In honor of World Social Media Day, we recognize social media’s impact on global communication and what connects us all. From the invention of MySpace in 2003 to TikTok in 2016, social media is forever evolving, giving us access to information at our fingertips. Discover how marginalized groups use Twitter to advance counter-narratives and build diverse networks in #HashtagActivism. Explore how and why social media is tagged as “not safe at work” in NSFW. Uncover how digital technology is profoundly renewing our sense of what is real and how we perceive in Being and the Screen.


By Sarah J. Jackson, Moya Bailey, and Brooke Foucault Welles 

How marginalized groups use Twitter to advance counter-narratives, preempt political spin, and build diverse networks of dissent.

“In #HashtagActivism, communication studies professors Sarah J. Jackson and Brooke Foucault-Welles and Cultures, Societies, and Global Studies professor Moya Bailey examine how a series of hashtags, including #GirlsLikeUs, #SayHerName, and #Ferguson, became the epicenters of larger movements for equity.”—Bitch Magazine

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Hanging Out, Messing Around, and Geeking Out, Tenth Anniversary Edition


The tenth-anniversary edition of a foundational text in digital media and learning, examining new media practices that range from podcasting to online romantic breakups.

“When your kids are playing Minecraft, hanging out online with gamers or anime fans, they are learning—and learning how to learn. Ito’s well-researched book is for parents as well as educators who want and need to understand the power of informal learning unlocked by the media youth devote themselves to voluntarily.”—Howard Rheingold, author of Net Smart: How to Thrive Online.

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Keep Calm and Log On

By Gillian “Gus” Andrews 

How to survive the digital revolution without getting trampled: your guide to online mindfulness, digital self-empowerment, cybersecurity, creepy ads, trustworthy information, and more.

“An accessible, well structured and often funny cyber-security manual. Let’s face it: despite the proliferation of similar digital self-help titles, most are tedious and hard-to-comprehend. This one is different though because it is fun to read.”—E&T Magazine

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The Social Fact 

By John P. Wihbey

How the structure of news, information, and knowledge is evolving and how news media can foster social connection.

“This reviewer knows of no better introduction to the challenges new information technology brings to the study of media and the profession of journalism.”—Choice

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By Susanna Paasonen, Kylie Jarrett, and Ben Light 

An exploration of how and why social media content is tagged as “not safe for work” and an argument against conflating sexual content with risk.

“An honest look at a complex subject with the recommendation to look beyond content and instead focus on context and consent.”—The Advocate

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Goodbye, World! 

By Omar Kholeif 

A look at how the internet and post-millennial technologies have transformed our ways of seeing and birthed a new form of culture.

Goodbye, World! weaves through digital cultures, illustrating how both life and art have changed in the twenty-first century. Omar Kholeif’s critical eye is as alert to the issues facing artists as it is to those confronting the contemporary viewer.”—Sofia Victorino Daskalopoulos, Director of Education and Public Programmes, Whitechapel Gallery

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By Julien Mailland and Kevin Driscoll 

The first scholarly book in English on Minitel, the pioneering French computer network, offers a history of a technical system and a cultural phenomenon.

“This book introduces to a wide audience a history that has often been the victim of misunderstandings. The authors demonstrate the modernity of Minitel in its context and in its time. Furthermore they develop a new approach of Minitel history, apprehending it through the notion of platform, and using what have become founding concepts of Internet studies. By studying this sociotechnical system, not only in itself but also in relation to the history of networks and digital cultures, they rejuvenate this history.”—Valérie Schafer, Researcher, National Center for Scientific Research, coauthor of Le Minitel, l’enfance numérique de la France

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Worried About the Wrong Things

By Jacqueline Ryan Vickery 

Why media panics about online dangers overlook another urgent concern: creating equitable online opportunities for marginalized youth.

“In this book that foregrounds the experiences of young people often marginalized by society, Jacqueline Ryan Vickery offers thoughtful insights on how parents and educators can rethink concerns about risk and can instead leverage youthful digital media interests for opportunity and possibility.”—Lynn Schofield Clark, Professor and Chair, Department of Media, Film and Journalism Studies, University of Denver; author of The Parent App: Understanding Families in the Digital Age

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Locally Played 

By Benjamin Stokes 

How games can make a real-world difference in communities when city leaders tap into the power of play for local impact.

Locally Played, with its focus on games for good embedded into people’s local places and daily lives is a crucial contribution to the games for change and impact movement. It is a must-read for designers, players, activists, citizens, educators, and people who care about the state of our current world.”—James Paul Gee, Mary Lou Fulton Presidential Professor and Regents’ Professor at Arizona State University

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Being and the Screen 

By Stephane Vial

How digital technology is profoundly renewing our sense of what is real and how we perceive.

“This book is as stimulating as 24 espressos!”—Matthieu Dugal, Radio Host, Animateur, CBC/Radio-Canada, Montreal

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Left to Our Own Devices 

By Margaret E. Morris 

Unexpected ways that individuals adapt technology to reclaim what matters to them, from working through conflict with smart lights to celebrating gender transition with selfies

“Morris is a skillful storyteller. This book is a good read for today’s digital health initiatives and for clinicians hoping to keep up to date in current trends in mental health technology.”—Psychiatric Times

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