Tag: social media

An Open Philippine Economy Could Help Manila to Stand up to Rancid Social Media Companies From Abroad

One of the odd things that unites ultra-nationalists and supporters of unreconstructed communism (e.g. the NPA) is that neither side believes in open, transparent, free and fair markets. As such, both the far-right and the far-left are protectionists when it comes to goods, capital and services. While the political language […]

A Prosperous Philippines Can Break Both The Mainstream And Social Media Monopoly

One of the odd things that unites ultra-nationalists and supporters of unreconstructed communism (e.g. the NPA) is that neither side believes in open, transparent, free and fair markets. As such, both the far-right and the far-left are protectionists when it comes to goods, capital and services. While the political language […]

Revenge of The Nerds: How Silicon Valley Outcasts Stole Our Liberty

Facebook and its subsidiary Instagram have just banned another wave of commentators including gay right-winger Milo Yiannopoulos, conservative commentator Paul Joseph Watson, black civil rights activist and anti-Zionist Louis Farrakhan and pro-Zionist right winger Laura Loomer. Additionally, the politically active actor James Woods was blocked from Twitter. This latest round […]

China’s Massive Social Media Platform Looks to Expand Across Multiple World Languages and Markets

Sina Weibo is often referred to as the “Chinese Twitter” but now the incredibly popular social media platform looks to expand outside of the People’s Republic of China. Using a two-pronged strategy, Weibo first seeks to become the go-to platform for Chinese speakers outside of the People’s Republic while the […]

Social Media And The Commodification of Nations: How Geopolitical Analysis Became Fantasy Football

The age of mass media which has its roots in the newspaper revolution of the 19th century helped to democratise access to information first in the industrialised urban world and later beyond these initial boundaries. As the spread of electricity continued throughout the early 20th century, film, radio and later […]

Will Interacting With The “Wrong” Post Get You Sent To Facebook Jail?

A recent Reuters report about the supposed prevalence of so-called “fake news” ahead of Mexico’s upcoming election this weekend quotes an anonymous Facebook employee who alleged that people are being paid to like, share, and comment on posts, which disturbingly suggests that the company might take punitive action against users […]