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In Wang’s theory, a network like Facebook, which enforces real name registration and consists of a person’s friends and family from time immemorial, encourages bounded use. It’s like the small town you never left, the grammar school class you couldn’t pass out of, the first dead-end job. It’s a network mired in past and present, and by its nature it enforces a limited sense of identity and expression.

By contrast, something like Tumblr encourages unbounded use. It allows you to experiment and play. It’s the big city, and each new tumblelog you create is like a new bar or neighborhood where you can try on a new self and see how it fits. In one instant you can be a pug lover, reblogging the best animated GIFs of the flat-faced dogs. In the next, you can dive deep into the Go Pro snowboarding community and post snaps from your latest run.

Hence Wang’s notion of the elastic self. Like rubber bands, when we step into Tumblr we can stretch and reshape ourselves into different configurations. Each new hat we try on stretches the rubber band just a little bit further, and over time it might evolve into a new configuration. This allows for remarkable opportunities to explore different potentials of self and self-expression.
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Happy Presidents’ Day to Barack Obama, my dad President Bill Clinton and all of our past presidents! Thank you for your service to our country!


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UNC has a new project stirring on revitalizing an Asian American magazine in the South.

Today is a different era, and Asian Americans across the nation have started to embrace the relevant issues that surround them. Voting turnout has been the highest ever and this past week has seen local, successful activism in the RTP area regarding Duke University’s latest scandal. I plan to make East Wind relevant to the RTP area, and would love to see that our stories/pieces inspire readers.

You can find them on Facebook and Twitter.



Conservatives Launch Facebook Alternative

A group of conservatives is launching their own social networking site after enduring what they call years of censorship and liberal bullying on Facebook.

The Tea Party Community is expected to officially launch on Saturday – but the social networking site for conservatives has already drawn nearly 50,000 members.

“It’s a new home for conservatives and the Tea Party movement in America,” said co-founder Ken Crow. “It’s a social community just for them.”

Crow partnered with Tim Selaty Sr. and Jr. to launch the new site last November – a “safe haven for the conservative movement where we can share ideas and thoughts and express ourselves without fear of retribution.”

“Most of us are subjected to censorship on Facebook,” Crow told Fox News. “I’ve been suspended there as have many of my friends. You also absorb a lot of abuse from liberals.”

Crow and many other conservatives believe Facebook is intentionally targeting conservatives.

“There’s absolutely no question in my mind,” he said.

Social networking sounds a little socialist if you ask me. Also good luck on not getting sued by Facebook for completely ripping off their design. 

You could actually see this as a positive development. Historically, conservative whackjobs have withdrawn from the dominant culture and created their own, especially when their reputations are on the skids. It’s why, for example, the Mormons retreated to Utah.

It’s when the nuts think they need to get involved in the dominant culture that you have to watch out. Let them build their stupid little Utopia, where their influence will be nil, and leave the rest of us alone.

This way, they’ll finally have the freedom they can’t STFU about — freedom from any opinions but their own.

See ya.


NRA’s social media campaigns go dark after school massacre in Newtown.


The National Rifle Association shut down a key Twitter account last summer in the aftermath of the Aurora, Colo. theater shootings. On Saturday, one day after the unthinkable shootings at a Newtown, Conn. elementary school, the NRA took a more drastic measure by deactivating its Facebook page after celebrating getting to 1.7 million fans on the social site earlier in the week. 

While the group has not commented since Friday’s tragedy, it appears to have staked out a strategy to take its brand out of the social media picture in the wake of a mass-shooting news event. Given its guns-rights cause, the social media buzz after such events seems to be an unenviable conversation for the org to partake in. The NRA’s chief Twitter account, which has doubled in followers to 63,000 since the Aurora shootings, has been silent since tweeting out a holidays giveaway contest early Friday.

I just have two points to make here. The first is to point out that running and hiding is great example of the cowardice of the gun nut. You don’t “need” a dozen guns with a few thousand rounds of ammo if you’re endowed with even a sliver of courage. Having a gun on the nightstand is the adult equivalent of sleeping with the lights on.

The second point is a little more important. I’ve pointed out that this is what pro-gun-lobby politicians have been doing as well. They’ve all gone into hiding, so as not to embarrass the cause by making stupid arguments in favor of gun ownership. Not all have, obviously, but the wiser majority.

What this also means is that these politicians plan to do nothing. They have no solution to the massacre after massacre after massacre. In fact, they have no interest in finding a solution. The status quo serves them fine, so long as the blood lobby keeps throwing money at their campaigns.

The NRA needs to be defanged the way Grover Norquist or the religious right have been. We know it can be done, we just need to keep the debate going.

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Magazines that force-fed bullets into one of the guns Lanza used to cut down the children would have been banned under state legislation that the National Rifle Association and gunmakers successfully fought.

Lanza used a Bushmaster AR-15 rifle with magazines containing 30 rounds as his main weapon, said Vance at a news conference Sunday.

A proposal in 2011 would have made it a felony to possess magazines capable of holding more than 10 bullets and required owners to surrender them to law enforcement or remove them from the state. Opponents sent more than 30,000 emails and letters to state lawmakers in a campaign organized by the NRA, said Robert Crook, head of the Coalition of Connecticut Sportsmen, which opposed the legislation.

“The legislators got swamped by NRA emails,” said Betty Gallo, who lobbied on behalf of the legislation for Connecticut Against Gun Violence. “They were scared of the NRA and the political backlash.”

The NRA, which has been slammed with criticism following Friday’s deadly shooting, touted a milestone the day before: earning 1.7 million “likes” on Facebook.

Now its page has vanished.

Those who liked the NRA’s Facebook page first noticed it was gone Friday, and the group has continued to stay silent over the weekend. Its last Twitter update about a “10 Days of NRA Giveaways” was posted Friday morning, just as the mayhem began.

It’s unclear why the NRA, which claims a membership of 4.3 million, may have pulled its Facebook page. A call to its Fairfax, Va.-based headquarters wasn’t returned Sunday.\

The organization’s official Twitter account, @NRA, has become the target of Twitter’s collective ire on Friday after the Newtown shootings.…At the time of writing, the NRA’s Facebook page appears to be down. As for its Twitter account, which usually updates three to four times a day, it’s been silent since 9:39 a.m., about the time the shootings began.

However, NRANews and other affiliated Facebook pages are still up.


How NASA used social media to tell America that the world is not coming to an end in 2012.

Poor NASA.

A group of queer and queer-friendly library lovers in Georgia have put together a calendar, which they are selling to raise money for the Georgia Library Association’s Beard Scholarship.  The scholarship supports students who are getting their Master’s in library science. The calendar can be purchased at local Decatur coffee shop Java Monkey and will be available on Amazon Dec. 1.

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Turkeys have been carving out a special place in American history since 1963. That’s when John F. Kennedy became the first U.S. President to “pardon” a turkey at the White House — a tradition that’s grown to be known as the National Thanksgiving Turkey Presentation.

On Wednesday, President Obama will pardon the 2012 National Thanksgiving Turkey and this year, for the first time ever, the American public will get its say. People all across the country are flocking to cast their vote.

Which of two turkeys will be named the 2012 National Thanksgiving Turkey?

Born on the same day on a farm in Rockingham Country, Virginia, Cobbler and Gobbler may look alike, but they’re no birds of a feather. Cobbler craves cranberries, is known for his strut, and enjoys the musical stylings of Carly Simon. Gobbler, a patient but proud bird, loves to nibble on corn and enjoys any music with a fiddle.

Which turkey is your favorite? Go to the White House Facebook page and “Like” and “share” their post to cast your vote.

Polls close at 8:00 pm ET on Tuesday, November 20th 2012, so be sure to visit the White House Facebook page to cast your vote.

Choose the National Thanksgiving Turkey!

meet cobbler

meet gobbler

Don’t forget to tune in to the 2012 ceremony on Wednesday, November 21st on at 2:00 pm ET to find out which turkey has been selected as the 2012 National Thanksgiving Turkey. And for more on how this Presidential tradition came to be check out the definitive history of the Presidential Turkey Pardon.

Note: It’s all gravy — no turkeys will be harmed during the selection of the National Thanksgiving Turkey.  After the pardoning, both turkeys travel to George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens to reside in a custom-made enclosure at Mount Vernon’s nationally recognized livestock facility.  Additionally, if for any reason one turkey is unable to perform the duties of the National Thanksgiving Turkey, his alternate will take his place during the National Thanksgiving Turkey Presentation.