Tinderization of Feeling / The New Inquiry

LIVING with a sense of overwhelming choice means exerting an insane amount of emotional energy in making the most banal decisions. What should you watch on Hulu tonight? Make a Facebook status asking for recommendations. Tweet the question to your followers. After perusing for an hour, settle comfortably into Seinfeld, which you’ve seen a million […]

Facebook Lets You Write In Whatever Gender You Want / ReadWrite

Thursday, Facebook announced the addition of a free-form field to the Gender options area in Facebook profiles. The new “custom” option space allows users to write in any description they want—whether “dog-loving master of bro-associated domains” or “cheese-eating king.” Facebook explains the change in a post on the Facebook Diversity Page, noting that if you don’t […]

Death Gets a Facebook Update / ReadWrite

Social media sites, so good at chronicling the ins and outs of our lives, have been uniquely terrible at handling their inevitable end. On Facebook, for instance, a reported death has long stuck friends and family with a static and almost ghostly memorial account—one disconnected from the lives of others even as it continued to display […]

Facebook Is for Moms / Hyperallergic

CHICAGO — Every mother will attest to the fact that once you become responsible for a child’s life, your own life completely changes. And with that shift comes a new way to both see and question your relationship to society, your body, and your own sexuality. In the realm of American pop culture, womens’ bodies […]

OtherPeoplesPixels Artists & Social Media Series: Julia Barbee’s Social Scents

Portland-based artist Julia Barbee wants to know what you smell like. Or, at least what type of scent you would select based on your ecommerce profile or a Craigslist ad that you post. Barbee wanders into that strange strip of creative space between fine art and high fashion, adding touches of anonymous Internet moments along the way. […]

OtherPeoplesPixels Artists & Social Media Series: Sabina Ott

Artist Sabina Ott is no stranger to the social web. For more than 25 years, she has been investigating the process and act of painting. The Internet and Gertrude Stein’s prose are two of her major influences. “To me, Stein is the prescient literature to the Internet because her work follows the process of present, lifted, moved, […]

Review: Artists Ask What It Means to Like, Share, Follow / Hyperallergic

CHICAGO — In an ideal social media universe, Facebook users would feel comfortable enough to openly tell all of their friends whether or not they’re organ donors, what they’re up to this weekend, and if they are in a relationship, single, or looking. There would be no Facebook stalkers or strange friend requests. Everything really would […]

ReadWriteWeb Tech Culture Reporter

ReadWriteWeb is one of the Internet’s leading tech news sites. From October 2011–July 2012, I served as a reporter for ReadWriteWeb. I covered the intersection of social networks, culture and communication. My most recent coverage includes Facebook’s acquisition of Instagram, the future of photo-sharing apps on the Web, the implications of posting photos of kids to […]

MA Interactive Social Media Posts

The good guys over at digital strategy firm MA Interactive hired me to blog about social media and other web tech news for their company blog. Here are the posts I wrote for them. Social Media For Super Busy People You’re a busy person. I’m a busy person. We’re all pretty busy. So how on […]

Chicago Artists and Social Media at Hyde Park Art Center

Hey friends! At the Hyde Park Art Center on October 19 at 6pm, Chicago Gallery News’ Ginny Berg and I are co-moderating a panel called Chicago Artists and Social Media: How are artists in Chicago using social media platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare and Gowalla, to connect with the local art community, including fellow […]