Science & Technology

Through an algorithm, darkly?

Two recent news stories – about the “right to be forgotten” by Google and Facebook’s surreptitious newsfeed study - have me thinking about what technology enables us to know about each other. In May, the European Union affirmed a “right to be forgotten,” under which people are asking for news…  [more]

A closer look at that ‘handsome’ mug shot

Most people in the world had never heard of Jeremy Meeks less than two weeks ago. But that was before the 30-year-old’s “handsome” mug shot went viral on a California police department’s Facebook page, generating more than 2,400 comments in less than 24 hours. Within days, the photo had been…  [more]

Outsourcing our memories to Instagram

The advent of instantly posting photos online has revolutionized our documentation of our lives, especially the lives of our children. It's not uncommon now for us to take a picture a day, filling up Instagram and Facebook feeds with our everyday activities. NPR recently reported on a study of this…  [more]

Ugly selfies and spiritual authenticity

Selfies seem to get a lot of negative attention. After being named Oxford Dictionary’s 2013 word of the year, there was a general outcry of how selfies reflect narcissism and bland exhibitionism. Last fall I discussed the truncated view of sexuality that often accompanies our anxious hand-wringing regarding selfies. Now…  [more]

The narcissistic heart of click bait

Headlines are everywhere. Online media outlets survive on the sharing of bite-sized nuggets designed to catch our eyes and capture our clicks. As our screens become flooded with more and more headlines, outlets have adopted new, more enticing ways to grab our attention. Perhaps you've seen click-bait headlines like these:…  [more]

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