TW Reads – Zeynep Tufekci

Here are five articles from sociologist Zeynep Tufekci about protests and social media.

We crack ourselves up sometimes: We wrote about all those changes to our blogging formats and then we just stopped publishing new articles. But the excuse is the best we can have. We got drowned in work and new projects.

So while we grind away, how about some reading material from people much smarter than us. Like Zeynep Tufekci (@zeynep). She’s a sociologist, working as an “assistant professor at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill at at the School of Information and Library Science (SILS) with an affiliate appointment in the Department of Sociology.” Her work on protest and social media as much as her observations on Turkey got our attention. And she has been on a roll in the last couple of months, putting out the most insightful articles on Medium and other outlets.

Here are some of our favorites:

No, Nate, brogrammers may not be macho, but that’s not all there is to it
How French High Theory and Dr. Seuss can help explain Silicon Valley’s Gender Blindspots

A Brief Primer on Human Social Networks, or How to Keep $16 Billion In Your Pocket
1. Listen to social scientists. 2. Don’t reinvent sociology 101. 3. … 4. Keep $16 billion in your pocket

Diversity, Credit and Hashtag Activism
How a Nigerian Movement Got Hijacked

Everyone Is Getting Turkey’s Twitter Block Wrong
Turkey isn’t trying to be North Korea, China or Iran; it’s trying to be Azerbaijan

After the Protests
About protest movements and social media

Author: Johannes

Johannes is a strategist and consultant for digital communications. His work is informed by his experience of working with brands like Deutsche Telekom, MTV, Postbank, Maggi and Nike and by his insatiable appetite for finding the bigger patterns behind current developments in technology and science. Holding a diploma in Media System Design, Johannes is a regular speaker at web and marketing conferences like Republica and the Social Media Summit.