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I began my project with the intent to study the similarities I had noted between online communities that, on the surface, seemed to be about radically different topics. Two of the sites, and, were sites that hosted communities ...

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As the semester draws to a close, it is time for me to take note of the findings I discovered while tracking the different sites. First, an overview of the general set up of each community:

Two of the sites I looked at ( and

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Since the upheaval at xoJane many months ago, the commenting numbers have remained lower than they were previously. It wasn’t unusual for most articles to have between 100-300 comments. Now most articles (expect for some particularly “click-ba...

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One issue that particularly struck me while I was at the panel was the issue of where the money comes from. Although we were introduced to a wide variety of technology that doesn’t collect our data for the selling, all of those projects relied on ei...

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The film Terms and Conditions May Apply didn’t shock or horrify me as much as it probably should have. I came to terms with the fact that corporations are selling my data long ago, and it is honestly hard for me to see another way things could...

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