• Tweeting out Japan’s idiosyncratic folk customs

    Tweeting out Japan’s idiosyncratic folk customs0

    Hand-painted Jizo statues in Obama, Fukui Prefecture. Photo by Nevin Thompson. If you’re interested in learning more about some of the more offbeat folk traditions of Japan, the Twitter account Unusual Festivals of Japan Club, (or ‘KFC’ for short; the ‘K’ in the acronym stands for 奇祭, kisai, or ‘unusual’) is a must-read. Tweeting multiple

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  • Federal Regulation of Social Media Would Be a Disaster For Free Speech

    Federal Regulation of Social Media Would Be a Disaster For Free Speech0

    This article was originally published on The Conversation here. Special Counsel Robert Mueller on Friday charged 13 Russians with meddling in the 2016 presidential election. The Russians’ primary tool for meddling was social media, which they used to promote Donald Trump’s presidential candidacy and denigrate Hillary Clinton’s campaign. The indictment charges that the Russians violated

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  • Why Twitter Polls Should Have a Warning Label

    Why Twitter Polls Should Have a Warning Label0

    “If you want the public’s opinion on anything — what to name your dog, who will win tonight’s game, which election issue people care most about — there’s no better place to get answers than on Twitter.” This is how Twitter introduces its “Twitter Polls” feature. Twitter polls might be useful for entertainment and business,

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