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Humans R Social Media Open Textbook - Edition Winter 2022

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Diana Daly, University of Arizona

Copyright Year: 2021

Publisher: The University of Arizona

Language: English

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Reviewed by Kryss Shane, Affiliate, Metropolitan State University of Denver on 6/15/22

There is a lot of coverage of terms and details within this book. I wish there'd been more focus on the hate and doxxing aspects and the real repercussions of hateful messaging on the receiver, but I know this can only be so long a book! read more

Reviewed by LaDonna Aiken, Broadcast Specialist, University of Texas at Arlington on 6/28/21

While this text does a nice job covering several aspects of social media, beginning with defining it and then diving into various ways it is used and why, I felt there could have been more information on the art and creativity aspect of social... read more

Table of Contents

  • Preface: About this "Book"
  • Introduction
  • I. Main Body
    • 1. Identity
    • 2. Old to New Media
    • 3. Privacy and Publics
    • 4. Algorithms
    • 5. Equity
    • 6. Activism
    • 7. Memes
    • 8. Information
    • 9. Relationships
    • 10. Our Transformed Selves
  • II. Guest Contributions
    • VR and AR: Bringing Closeness to Learning
    • Social Networks and Online Communities
    • Online Activism in Indigenous Languages
    • #metoo and Twitter: The Feminist Movement on Social Media
    • Well-being
    • Core Concepts (A Glossary)

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About the Book

Social media and humans exist in a world of mutual influence, and humans play central roles in how this influence is mediated and transferred. Originally created by University of Arizona Information scholar Diana Daly, this Winter 2022 Edition of the book Humans R Social Media uses plain language, audio and video, embedded questions and active learning activities, and contributions by students to help readers actively understand how we as humans shape social media, and how social media shapes our world in turn. The authors and contributors examine digitally mediated identity, microcelebrity, and relationships through sociological and feminist perspectives, and visualize networked publics and online spaces using historic forms of communication. Dynamic coverage by Daly and contributors also examines the #metoo movement, Black Lives Matter, and conversations around race and radicalism. Most notably, the world of information is examined through simple explanations of algorithms, types of misinformation, and spreadable media including memes.  Designed for beginning college students, Humans are Social Media offers a unique, multimedia overview of social media in relationships with users and human cultures. (Cover design by Jacquie Kuru featuring work by iVoices Media Lab students. Top row, from left: Aditya Kumar, Anonymous, Alora, Preston Pierce Kerstin. Row 2: Jenna N Wing, Anna, Brenda Dolores Perea, Kennedy. Row 3: Jillian Bandler, Emilee Gustafson, Anonymous, Bianca. Row 4: Abby Arnold, Ashlyn Geaslen, Malia, Nellie Youssef. Row 5: Blaze Mutware, Luis A. Ruiz, Rachel Rojas, Sydney)

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Diana Daly, Assistant Professor of Information, University of Arizona

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