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I'm Jill Walker Rettberg, professor of digital culture at the University of Bergen. Blogging here since October 2000.

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Snapchat erases protests and diversity in its White Australia version of Australia Day

Fri, 27 Jan 2017 08:56:13 +0000

Snapchat’s live stories usually present the world in a way that emphasises diversity, tolerance and respect for different races, religions and sexualities. But sometimes they fail miserably – like in the Live Story about yesterday’s Australia Day, which is now … Continue reading

What Does the Inauguration Look Like On Snapchat?

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 15:44:39 +0000

[16:42 Norway time Jan 20, 2017: I’ll update this post if more Inauguration-related content appears on Snapchat – and do let me know if there is content in the US that I can’t see here in Norway!] I’m interested in … Continue reading

Three book chapters

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 10:08:30 +0000

I’ve finished up revisions on a few book chapters in the last few months. Here are the preprints: Rettberg, Jill Walker. “Online Diaries and Blogs.” In The Diary, edited by Batsheva Ben-Amos and Dan Ben-Amos. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, forthcoming. … Continue reading

Jilltxt discovers

Wed, 31 Aug 2016 06:03:41 +0000

I’ve been fascinated by recently. It’s an app that is extremely popular among tweens and young teens, and is mostly used for lip-syncing. There’s a lot to be said about the app, but here is a short thing I … Continue reading

Men get the research money

Mon, 11 Jul 2016 20:46:13 +0000

A woman applying to the Norwegian Research Council’s program SAMKUL only has half the chance a man has of being supported.  36% of projects funded by the Norwegian Research Council last week are led by women. That’s great, you might be … Continue reading

Results from a survey of 35 Norwegian high school students about their use of Snapchat stories

Mon, 27 Jun 2016 13:18:14 +0000

Earlier this month, I met a class of high school students to learn more about how they use Snapchat stories. I already blogged about my impressions from our discussion – today I want to share the results from the survey the … Continue reading

What high school students think about Snapchat stories

Thu, 02 Jun 2016 11:44:56 +0000

Update June 28: Here is the dataset of my survey of these students on Google Sheets or download it from Figshare. Feel free to use it but please let me know!! Anders and I are researching Snapchat stories. Mostly we’re watching hundreds … Continue reading

What if the web is almost over?

Sun, 22 May 2016 20:42:37 +0000

Nearly ten thousand researchers and no doubt thousands more students have quoted danah boyd and Nicole Ellison’s 2007 definition of social media: We define social network sites as web-based services that allow individuals to (1) construct a public or semi-public … Continue reading

How the Snapchat Live Story from Norwegian high school graduates’ festival in Stavanger spread around the world

Tue, 10 May 2016 14:03:53 +0000

Snapchat’s Live Stories are stories that Snapchat curates from snaps submitted by users who are in a location temporarily designated as a Live Story area, and they are usually about festivals, sports events, elections or special celebrations. Sometimes (quite often?) … Continue reading

10 reasons why you should use Snapchat to share research ideas (and 4 reasons not to)

Fri, 29 Apr 2016 07:36:12 +0000

It’s exhilarating to try new things. You’ll learn to think with a new tool, and that helps you think fresh. It’s ephemeral. Your story only stays up for 24 hours, so you don’t have to worry too much about what … Continue reading