In this section, we examine the issues of the internet and the social media. Articles presented in this section tend to contain technical or computational details.
The Problematic Side of Social Media: the Bandwagon Effect on Social Media Hate
‘’You aren’t beautiful enough to be an actress. You don’t deserve to be in popular TV shows with such a bad personality. I hate you and your family. ’’ We are all accustomed to hear these sentences especially after the use of social media has boomed. Although social media offers us convenience for getting information about what is happening in the world and for being always in contact with numerous people, it also creates niches for some users for their hateful comments.
The Democratization of Comedy: What It Means for Professional Comedians
The notion that everyone will at some point have their fifteen minutes of fame is pretty old at this point, but it seems that it relates to current time more than any other. Out of any group of people, at least a few are bound to have had one of their tweets blow up. Or maybe they uploaded a mundane-looking video to YouTube and had it viewed by millions in some weird work of the underlying algorithms.
The Concerns About Parasocial Relationships with Internet Celebrities: Why Are They Raised?
Boran GÖHER & Hülya AFAT
It is the year 2021 now, and we all have YouTubers that we follow. It has become something akin to following actors or pop musicians. Indeed, even if we do not consider them actual celebrities, YouTubers are definitely a part of the mainstream now, and they definitely do possess the level of fame associated with the mainstream. The fame might be beneficial to YouTubers, or at the very least, that is what they think may be the case, but it is a well-known fact that the relationships of regular people with famous people are often very problematic.
The Constant Pressure to Stay Fit: A Toxic Facet Of Social Media
Entertainment, communication, shopping, marketing, accessing information: the ways that social media can be utilized are countless. It would not be wrong to say social media is where everything happens in the era we are living in. However, these many functions come with a price; it is hard to dissociate ourselves from social media, and thus, it has a considerable effect on us in several aspects.
Data Protection and Privacy in Europe and United States: What You Need to Know
The discourse regarding the safety and privacy of personal data in digital mediums has always been present on the internet, but due to a combination of increasing use and variety of social media platforms and the accelerating merge of real and online personalities, the topic is now livelier than ever.
Oversimplified Online Presence of Politics: Political Alignment Tests
Boran GÖHER & Hülya AFAT
Political opinions are often hard to define and sort, because of their complexity and individuality. Personal opinions are formed by personal experience, political opinions are no different. A person’s political opinions cannot be defined with only one ideology or as a mixture of two ideologies, and political compass tests surely fail to understand this.
Memes and Comment Sections: Mechanisms of Criticism or Harassment?
Hülya Afat & Boran Göher
In 2020, our lives became online more than ever, as much as we carried our professional lives to our screen, we also fulfilled our entertainment needs online too. With the increase in content consumption online, content creation also increased as expected.
Why Do We Still Use Piracy Even Though We Know It Is Not Ethical?