Why We Post is “the biggest, most ambitious project of its sort”, says The Economist
By Alison Fox, on 5 April 2016
This post by Laura Haapio Kirk originally appeared on the Global Social media Project blog on 14th March. It has been reposted with permission; statistics have been updated.
Since our launch on the 29th February, the first three open access books in the Why We Post series have been downloaded over 10,000 times! 10,000 downloads in just a month makes for a very happy team. The entire series of 11 volumes will continue to be released by UCL Press over the coming year, so keep your eyes peeled.
News has spread far and wide of our project and its ambitious public dissemination strategy comprising not only of our books, but a free e-course and a website with films and stories from our nine fieldsites. In the past two weeks we’ve enjoyed global media coverage and have been thrilled with the response from learners on our course who come from all over the world.
The Economist (05/03/2016 print and online): The Medium is the Messengers: A global study reveals how people fit social media into their lives
“These fly-on-the-wall perspectives refute much received wisdom… ‘Why We Post’ thus challenges the idea that the adoption of social media follows a single and predictable trajectory.”
“(Why We Post is) the biggest, most ambitious project of its sort.”
BBC World Service – (29/02/2016 radio): World Business Report (from 4:13)
BBC Click (02/03/2016 radio): What is the Point of Posting on Social Media
“… a global snapshot of our relationship with the social media… This is a nuanced picture of a world coming to terms with a rapidly evolving way of connecting, or even disconnecting, with something unexpected pretty much everywhere the researchers looked.”
“What’s really heartening about this study and the research is you see people taking the technology seriously, looking at the things it makes possible, the things that it interferes with, the new forms of social exchange that become feasible when you have smart phones and internet and social networks, actually looking at how it affects us as people. It’s really vital that this work continues… It’s a sense of a discipline emerging, or rather that the discipline of anthropology is properly embracing social media as an important part of human society… What they’re doing is identifying core principles, like the fact that social media can help create privacy. It’s a really important insight and that’s not going to change, even if it’s no longer Facebook, it’s something new.” – Bill Thompson, BBC Technology writer
CBBC Newsround (29/03/2016 TV): Two mentions of ‘footies’ on the morning and afternoon programmes.
BBC World Service – (29/02/2016 radio): World Update (from 8:51)
BBC Radio 4 (29/02/2016 radio): Today Programme (from 2:54:32)
CNN (29/2/2016 online) Social media puts users in the driver’s seat
The Hindu (19/3/2016) Why We Post on Social Media
Times of India (9/3/2016 print/online) Socialising over caste is the new norm in rural India, says global study
Australian Financial review (9/3/2016 online): Is social media all about narcissism?
BBC Mundo (05/03/2016 online): De “Footies” en Chile a “uglies” en Inglaterra, cómo el mundo cambió las redes
BBC Mundo (09/03/2016 online): La artista argentina de Instagram que engañó a miles de personas
O Globo (07/03/2016 online and print): Pesquisa mostra diversidade do uso das redes sociais pelo mundo
Wired Italia (29/2/2016 online/print) I social media ci avvicinano alle persone, e decidiamo noi come usarli
Inside Marketing (online) Perché postiamo sui social?
Italy Journal (29/3/2016 online) A era das redes sociais
cw.com.tw: 為何我們要貼文？ 自戀、威脅隱私，還是讓人不思考？