Social Media Searching (in-class activity)

If you would like to have an analysis of how the blogosphere constructs the reality of current events, you might check out this activity that I did in my 111 class. Since I was teaching only a couple hours after the Palin announcement, I had students search digg, technorati, delicious, and twitter for digital texts about Palin and then we had a great discussion about the various biases these texts displayed. In particular, we ended up analyzing the persistent sexism which characterized both left and right-wing responses to the Palin announcement. Although I chose Palin for this activity, it would work well with any timely event.

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