Tag: Low income

From Facebook to ‘fakebook’ – who controls the information on social media?

Xin Yuan Wang , November 24th, 2016


A young Chinese factory worker reading on his smartphone. Mark Zuckerberg finally said that Facebook plans to have a more effective control of misinformation, which is a sharp reversal…


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Emergent Brazilians comment the impeachment of the president

Juliano Andrade Spyer , September 2nd, 2016


This is one of the memes circulating among low income Brazilians in reference to the impeachment of President Dilma. The top comment says: “Gosh, is this true?” Below…


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Memes Brazilians are sharing about the Olympics

Juliano Andrade Spyer , August 16th, 2016


One of the stars of the Olympic games in Rio have been the crowd. It has attracted the attention of the foreign press (NYTimes, BBC), and particularly of…


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Apple and the Smartphone market in India

Shriram Venkatraman , May 6th, 2016


Photo Courtesy: CC: Wikimedia Commons: Kārlis Dambrāns from Latvia Less than a fifth of the Indian population might own a smart phone, but India is now the second…


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On the Brazilian crisis, Pentecostalism and thinking out of the bubble

Juliano Andrade Spyer , April 26th, 2016


Pentecostal service in the Brazilian field site. Photo by: Juliano Spyer Brazil is in the midst of a heated national debate between people in favour of, and those contrary…


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They flirt, they share porn and they gossip

Juliano Andrade Spyer , February 5th, 2016


The last four months of 2015 were tough. I was locking myself in a claustrophobic student carrel every day, spending 9 hours staring at a computer screen but…


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“Free Basics” – does it really matter to the poor in Panchagrami?

Shriram Venkatraman , December 27th, 2015


Image Courtesy: Wikimedia Commons: Facebook The launch of Facebook’s ‘Free Basics’, a rebranding of internet.org, has been a hot topic in India for the past few months as Facebook tries to…


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WhatsApp ban in Brazil: the word on the ground

ucsalha , December 18th, 2015


  The text above the image reads: ‘me without WhatsApp’.   In this post Juliano Spyer suggests that the vocal backlash against the recent blocking of WhatsApp in…


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Why popular anthropology?

Elisabetta Costa , November 27th, 2015


  The core mission of anthropology is the understanding of human behaviour in a world full of cultural and historical diversity. The anthropological commitment to this immense plurality…


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Fieldwork is haunting me, thanks to WhatsApp

Juliano Andrade Spyer , November 3rd, 2015


When is the end of fieldwork? (Photo:Merlijn Hoek CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) When is it that fieldwork finishes? Thanks to social media, the separation between being in the fieldsite…


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Ropa americana online: the local market for used clothing

ucsanha , August 15th, 2015


A Facebook announcement from an online shop in northern Chile announces “Jackets, Vests, and Sweatshirts” Ebay, Etsy, Alibaba, and Taobao have changed the way many people around the…


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Why do Young Men from Lower Socio-Economic Classes prefer Shopping Online?

Shriram Venkatraman , July 3rd, 2015


Photo by Shriram Venkatraman   Most of us on social media have noticed the static advertisements that are displayed on the side panels or the advertisements that intrude upon…


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Personal and public aesthetics: What I learned from my own visceral reactions in the field

ucsanha , June 25th, 2015


Photo by Nell Hayes   At first, I couldn’t quite put my finger on it, but over the first several months in my fieldsite in northern Chile I…


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Opening doors: Rural Chinese business promotion on social media

Tom McDonald , May 28th, 2015


A typical shopfront in the North China fieldsite (Photo: Gillian Bolsover) One surprising feature of QQ – the most popular social media platform in the rural Chinese town where…


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The immigrants ‘crisis’ and the limits of Facebook

Razvan Nicolescu , May 18th, 2015


Photomontage realised by Vento Ribelle and posted on their Facebook page on the 20 April 2015 and shared by left-wing individuals in Grano. This post is prompted by the…


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Is Weibo on the way out? For some in China, it was never in.

Tom McDonald , May 11th, 2015


Weibo: share your thoughts with the world (assuming, of course, you actually want to). Photo: bfishadow (CC BY 2.0) I read with interest Celia Hatton’s BBC News article published…


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