From pop culture going multipolar to Tik Tok eating the internet. Here goes our selection of the latest news and trends that involve the communities that are shaping the present and future.
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Community is a verb
“Community isn't always sexy. It isn't always the next fireside chat. It isn't always how we're going to see the next marketing experience at Soho House. It's just not. It's much, much deeper than that.” Delve with Prophet Walker into why the houseless crisis is an acute philosophical crisis, and the virtue of community as a verb, not a noun, in this interview by Assemblage Magazine.
What's the “vibe” of your neighborhood according to Google Maps?
If you’re heading into a new part of town, a feature called Neighborhood Vibe will help you get a “vibe” of where you’re going by surfacing user reviews as you’re panning through the area. To determine it, Google combines AI with local knowledge from Google Maps users who add more than 20 million contributions to the map each day.
Update your social media research strats with the new SAGE book
The second edition of The SAGE Handbook of Social Media Research Methods is out! While the first edition from 2017 included articles on, for example, Foursquare, the new Handbook published in September 2022 includes a chapter on researching TikTok: themes, methods, and future directions, by Alex Miltsov. The chapter is a great starting point if you want to know the main themes in current TikTok scholarship or learn about the most effective research methods currently used by TikTok researchers.
To be online is to be constantly exposed. We’re posting on Twitter, and people we’ve never met are responding with their thoughts and criticisms. People are looking at your latest Instagram selfie. They’re literally swiping on your face. There are, of course, good things about this ability to connect with others, but being observed by so many people appears to have significant psychological effects - and these may be more complex and persistent than we realize.
The internet has fragmented all types of culture, while simultaneously exposing once-localized things to a far more global audience. Once-isolated trends and traditions are now becoming global reference points on a much larger scale. Fears that globalization would lead to a worldwide monoculture have proven utterly wrong.
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In this episode of the “Creativity Pioneers”, the Moleskine Foundation podcast, Skinder Hundal unfolds the idea of creativity as a tool for community-building, as well as a collective consciousness that propels collaboration.