The Toxic Mix of Extremism and Social Media
J. M. Berger (Sep 2016)
Paper’s reference in the IEEE style?
J. M. Berger, “For extremism on social media, the worst may be yet to come — NOVA Next | PBS,” NOVA Next, 07-Sep-2016. [Online]. Available: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/next/military/extremism-social-media/. [Accessed: 15-Apr-2017].
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- Social media
Was the paper peer reviewed? Explain how you found out.
No, this is a newspaper article
Does the author(s) work in a university or a government-funded research institute? If so, which university or research institute? If not, where do they work?
The author J.M Berger, is a researcher, analyst, and consultant with a special focus on extremist activities in the United States and extremist use of social media.
This article was published in PBS' Nova Next digital magazine, which discusses cutting edge science and technology.
What does this tell you about their expertise? Are they an expert in the topic area?
The author is reportedly who focuses on extremist activities in the US and extremist use of social media.
What was the paper about?
The paper provides an overview of the increase in social media use by extremist groups such as Islamic extremists groups, white supremacy groups etc.
“in a world of networked social media, it is easier to build intimate relationships over geographic distances, even while maintaining some veneer of anonymity.”(PBS)
“social media rapidly increases the speed of contagion”
“Consider white nationalism, an ideology that went through an extended period of decline, with sharp losses starting in the late 1990s and continuing through the 2000s. The movement’s adherents were fragmented, factionalized, and isolated in the face of a powerful social current against overt racism. Now, a mix of political factors and the rise of social networking have sparked a worrying resurgence. One element of white nationalism’s decline was its marginalization from the mainstream of society. The role of mainstream media gatekeepers was crucial in reinforcing that isolation through the second half of the 20th century. Overt white nationalism was rarely found on editorial pages, and its leading figures were rarely seen on the news except in a negative light. Popular entertainment and culture reinforced messages promoting diversity.”
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