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5 Years of New Media in 38 Words

December 8, 2014

In the fall of 2009, I sent the manuscript for my book Personal Connections in the Digital Age off to press. I’ve just finished the index for a second edition, which will be published by Polity in mid-2015 (in time for fall classes!). The list of terms I added provides a fun little peek into the last 5 years of digital media and social life. What would you have added? What words would you expect to see in a third edition?

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4chan
Algorithms
Black Twitter
Broadband
Catfish
Cortana
Culture jamming
Cyberbullying
Emojis
FourSquare (also: Swarm)
Grindr
Hashtag
Her
Imgur
Indie Go-Go
Instagram
Kickstarter
Knowyourmeme.com
Locative media
Lolspeak
Micro-celebrity
Pinterest
Polymedia
Reddit
Self-branding
Selfie (selfies)
Sina Weibo
Siri
Slacktivism
Snapchat
Spotify
Tumblr
WhatsApp
Wikipedia
Wordpress.com
Xbox Live
XKCD

3 Comments leave one →
  1. December 8, 2014 2:53 pm

    Nancy, ORKUT, ORKUT, ORKUT 🙂 It was huge in Brazil and India, and it played such a major role in peoples ways of communication.

    • December 8, 2014 2:55 pm

      Don’t worry, David! The only reason it wasn’t added is that it was already in the index of the 1st edition.

      • December 8, 2014 4:56 pm

        Ah, gotcha. I’m not sure if this is exactly what you are looking for, but how about mentioning social networking sites, like ello, that emerged as a counter-response to Facebook’s policies on privacy and use of user’s data?

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