This blog post introduces my research project on ethically problematic cultural memories that pop up in response to events in the present. I study metaphors and narratives generated in American tweets regarding the 2014-2015 Ebola outbreak in West-Africa.
This post delves into the phenomenon of Twitter-shaming. It discusses outbursts of fury on the platform that take the form of proper manhunts realized through retweets, hashtags, and at-signs, and that raise the question of institutionalized intervention.
Can a retweet be a criminal offense? Yes, say judges in a recent verdict in the The Hague 'Context-case,' which deals with the question of 'incitement' in the use of social media by terrorist organizations. And what does this say about Twitter?