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  1. 18 Jun 2022 Journal Article Learning, Media and Technology

    Privacy and distance learning in turbulent times: a comparison of German and Israeli schools during the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic

    Abstract

    The social distancing and lockdown measures enacted to address the COVID-19 pandemic entailed an unprecedented shift to digitally-mediated communication. The move to remote learning at schools was one of such important changes. Drawing on privacy and STS literature, we investigate the role of different privacy cultures during the initial moment of turbulence, when

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  2. 2 Mar 2022 Journal Article New Media & Society

    Sharing and social media: The decline of a keyword?

    Abstract

    This article revisits claims made a decade ago about the importance of the word “sharing” in the context of social network sites (SNSs). Based on an analysis of the home pages of 61 SNSs between the years 2011 and 2020, the findings incontrovertibly show that “sharing” has lost its central place in the terminology employed by social media platforms in their self-presentation

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  3. 15 Sep 2021 Journal Article AoIR Selected Papers of Internet Research

    Privacy, Covid-19 and Online Teaching: A Comparative Study in Estonia, France and Israel

    Dmitry Epstein, Nicholas A John, Carsten Willhelm, Christine Barats, Andra Siibak
    Abstract

    The COVID-19 crisis is a potential watershed moment for privacy with profound long-term effects on the organization and practices of work, education, and civic engagement. In this study we focus on the profound re-negotiation of mediated personal boundaries in times of mass lockdowns and social distancing. To understand how these new social conditions might be playing

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  4. 15 Sep 2021 Journal Article AoIR Selected Papers of Internet Research

    Cart Narcs and the Engineering of Social Shaming as Entertainment

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    The typical Cart Narcs YouTube video opens with “Agent Sebastian” walking through a grocery store parking lot. Sebastian briefly explains the video's purpose - "We shame people who don't put their carts back" - as he looks for a cart miscreant to confront. When he spots a target, he runs towards them making siren noises, outfitted in a Cart Narcs t-shirt and a police-style

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  5. 14 Aug 2021 Journal Article Information, Communication & Society

    Online tie and content management and changing religious identity among Muslim Arab women in Israel

    Abstract

    This study investigates the central dilemmas and changes in social media use among people whose religious identity is in flux, with an emphasis on backstage processes of decision making. Drawing on 15 in-depth interviews with Muslim women in Israel, we found five main themes reflecting the main online changes users experience and effect. We suggest two different logics

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  6. 1 May 2021 Journal Article New Media & Society

    Punching up or turning away? Palestinians unfriending Jewish Israelis on Facebook

    Abstract

    This article explores the Facebook unfriending of users from a majority group by members of a minority group, focusing on Palestinian and Jewish citizens of Israel. Indeed, this is the first study to focus on power differentials among Facebook users in the context of unfriending. The article thus adds depth to our understanding of unfriending, while also shedding light

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  7. 5 Oct 2020 Conference Paper AoIR Selected Papers of Internet Research

    Social Media and Religious Identity Change Among Muslim Arab Women in Israel

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    This study investigates the interface between increased religiousity among Muslim Arab women in Israel, and their social media use. To understand their use of social media as part of a profound change in social identity, fifteen semi-structured interviews were conducted with Muslim women aged 19-26 who are, or have been, social media users, who live in Israel, and who

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  8. 20 Jul 2020 Journal Article Information, Communication & Society

    The concept of ‘sharing’ in Chinese social media: origins, transformations and implications

    Luolin Zhao, Nicholas A John
    Abstract

    In this article we present an analysis of the concepts of fenxiang and gongxiang – the Mandarin words for ‘sharing’ in the context of Chinese social media. We do so through an interrogation of the words fenxiang and gongxiang as used by Chinese social media companies. Using the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine, we created screenshots of 32 Chinese social network

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  9. 9 Feb 2020 Journal Article

    What is Meant by 'Sharing' in the Sharing Economy?

    Abstract

    This article looks closely at the notion of sharing as it is used in the context of the sharing economy. It is based on the qualitative analysis of semi-structured interviews conducted in four countries with thirty-four participants who see themselves as operating within the sharing economy. Interviewees' definitions and understandings of sharing are presented, with

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  10. 31 Oct 2019 Conference Paper AoIR Selected Papers of Internet Research

    The Concept of ‘Sharing’ in Chinese Social Media

    Luolin Zhao, Nicholas A John
    Abstract

    In the context of the internet, the concept of ‘sharing’ is a central and powerful metaphor (John, 2013, 2016; Kennedy, 2016). It reflects and constructs the ideal type of relations between users—relations based on honesty, mutuality and openness. However, the semantic spheres of meaning that give ‘sharing’ its contemporary force are profoundly Western and rooted in

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