Internet Culture

Civic Cyborgs: Revamping Democratic Participation via the Smartphone and Mobile Internet

Civic Cyborgs: Revamping Democratic Participation via the Smartphone and Mobile Internet

The Internet has broadened not only the way people think about the world and themselves but also their belonging in communities. From India to Brazil, the Internet has also enabled the creation of a virtual space that allows youth to gather and create content. While online space remains an accessible channel for information gathering, another tool is shaping the way people access—and create meaning—around these spaces: the smartphone. 

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Memes and Internet Culture

Memes and Internet Culture

Work originally published in Ethos Magazine, a nationally recognized and award-winning student publication at the University of Oregon

It is undeniable that the Internet has changed the way we perceive the world. With increased access to the World Wide Web, people are now able to exchange information with family and friends around the globe without geographical boundaries. Either by using a smartphone to share a 140-character message on Twitter to help find the victims of a natural disaster or by denouncing human rights violation in war zones, the Internet has also expanded how we help one another as individuals.

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