Tag: Zeynep Tufekci

Collective action is a life-changing experience

Image Credit: Joao Fereira This is another excellent piece from Zeynep Tufekci, answering the question as old as time itself: Do protests work? Protests sometimes look like failures in the short term, but much of the power of protests is in their long-term effects, on both the protesters themselves and the rest of society. […] Protests […]

The year of decades-weeks

Lenin was reported to be saying, “There are decades when nothing happens, and weeks when decades happen.” This is how every week in 2020 feels like — one of those decades-weeks. For every two job applications I sent out these days, I almost receive one in return. That’s 1:2, that’s half of everything. As someone […]

Do you remember AltaVista?

I am totally enjoying technosociologist Zeynep Tufekci’s column on The New Yorker from 4 years ago, as she talks about her curiosity, and how she devoured books after books, and finally, talking of her experience as one of the first web users in Turkey. She was, essentially, also me growing up: I don’t remember learning […]

We yearn for elitism

From Zeynep Tufekci’s blog: … it is quite likely that preferential-attachment processes are part of the reason for the rise of oligarchies and charismatic authorities. Ironically, this effect is likely exacerbated in peer-to-peer media where everything is accessible to everybody. Since it is just as easy to look at one person’s twitter feed as another’s, […]

Persuasion architecture

There is definitely a lot of things I wanted to cram in since October, but please take a moment to watch, if you haven’t yet, Zeynep Tufekci’s new TED talk on the new kind of technological dystopia — not the I-Robot kind (although it could be) but something more sinister and unfortunately which methods are much […]

Tactical innovation!

I have finally submitted my first draft of my research proposal. My thesis, which is on dramaturgical approach to dynamics of leaderless movements (at least that’s how it looks like so far) was 74 pages in entirety, albeit a little too long for submission. I received it back a week later with a list of revisions […]