This month: March 2020
Digital nomads, coworking, and other expressions of mobile work on Twitter
This paper analyzes a set of Twitter hashtags to ascertain how contemporary parlance in social media can illuminate the rich cultural intersections between modern forms of work, use of technology, and physical mobility. Network word co-occurrence analysis and topic modeling reveal several thematic areas of discourse present in Twitter. The first theme centers on worker identity, dominated by the experiences of digital nomads. The second theme focuses on the practicalities of working in a physical location, dominated by issues related to co-working spaces. Finally, the third theme is a loose and speculative set of ideas around the evolution of work in the future, predicting how enterprises may have to adapt to new ways of working. This paper contributes to scholarship on social media methods by showing how a robust analysis of Twitter data can help scholars find subthematic nuance within a complex discussion space by identifying the existence and boundaries of topical sub-themes. Second, this paper additionally provides empirical evidence for the ways that the myriad terms related to mobility and work relate to one another and, most importantly, how these relations signal semantic centrality among those who share their thoughts on these types of work.
Also this month
Violence begetting violence: An examination of extremist content on deep Web social networks
Several incidents of mass violence in 2019 were preceded by manifestos posted to deep Web social media sites by their perpetrators. These sites, most notably 4chan and 8chan, are buried in the deep Web, away from the neutralizing effects of broad public discourse. Many of the posts to these sites reference earlier extremist incidents, and indeed the incidents themselves mimic aspects of previous attacks. Building on previous research, this paper examines these deep Web social media sites. Through an analysis of traffic and posts, we confirm that these sites often act as a self-reinforcing community of users encouraging each other to violence, and we map a statistically significant rise in “post volume” on these sites immediately following terrorist attacks.