Many, many people have chimed in on the debate about a study that used (and in some ways, manipulated) Facebook users to understand how the role of emotion in online interactions.  I happened to be reading The Circle in the midst of this dust up, so I wrote a blog post that’s partly a review of Dave Eggers’ newest work (spoiler alert: the book is pretty shitty) and partly some thinking about the role of fiction in helping people make sense of the world around them. 

I wrote a paper with my friend Wade Bishop on the activist potential of volunteered geographic information, which came out today in First Monday.  Feedback welcome!

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This is a really great, really thoughtful and also wonderfully pragmatic discussion of how libraries intervene in the everyday lives of their community members. You might know Melissa as the editor of Informed Agitation or as a longstanding Rad Ref activist or as a BPL info commons librarian.

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Information is a weapon, information free from political agendas. Sharing information is a daily act of resistance, and change.
Charlot Jeudy, President of KOURAJ