‘We conflate consumption with connection’: Reshaping social media use with Isa Watson
20 March 2023 | 12:24 pm
'We conflate consumption with connection': Reshaping social media use with Isa Watson. For all the good that social media has done, it's increasingly difficult to ignore its dark sides. Many studies show links between heavy social media use and a decline in mental health.
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21 Jan 2022
Bullying at school, or "ijime", is a persistent problem in Japan. In 2020, there were 612,000 recorded cases at schools across the country – more than three times the number a decade ago. What begins as a joke among friends can end in insults and violence. Bullying leads to academic failure, isolation and, in some cases, suicide. Last year, 80 percent of Japanese schools reported bullying incidents. Our correspondents Louis Belin, Ryusuke Murata, Aruna Popuri and Justin McCurry report from Tokyo.
21 Feb 2022
Fear mongering content became viral on social media this week, as Ukrainian civilians prepare for an imminent Russian attack.
3 Mar 2022
Many posts on social media claiming to pertain to the current conflict in Ukraine are in fact videos and photos different events in other regions that happened several years ago. We tell you more in this edition of Truth or Fake.
3 Mar 2022
Many posts on social media claiming to pertain to the current conflict in Ukraine are in fact videos and photos of different events in other regions that happened several years ago. We tell you more in this edition of Truth or Fake.
7 Mar 2022
Social media posts may seem insignificant when compared with the brutality on the ground in Ukraine, but what goes viral is directly affecting the war and Russia knows this. This Friday, the chairman of the Russian parliament Vyacheslav Volodin railed against foreign social media, calling it a "weapon" that Russia "must oppose". This comes after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky secured a series of victories against Russia on the international stage, thanks in no small part to his internet star power.
12 Mar 2022
We bring you the front pages, which focus on the victims of Vladimir Putin's brutal war in Ukraine. Also, we look at the origins of the "Z" symbol, which has become a way to express support for Putin and the invasion. Papers dedicate their editions to the women of Ukraine, whether they are fighting on the frontlines or giving birth in basements. Finally, we look at how Ukraine's first lady has emerged from the shadows to rally Ukrainians and boost morale.
27 Mar 2022
We look at the Russian commander dubbed the "butcher of Mariupol" by the Times of London. We also discover a photo from a paediatric hospital that has come to define the war in Ukraine. Plus, Prince William and Kate are accused of colonial overtones in their official tour of the Caribbean, Italy crashes and burns in its World Cup qualifier and the founder of modern Internet culture, the GIF, passes away.
9 Apr 2022
Sri Lanka's government said restrictions on access to social media platforms came a day after protesters defied a nationwide curfew to demand government accountability.
29 May 2022
Egyptian influencers, especially women, have become the target of a crackdown by authorities. At least a dozen women have been prosecuted since 2020 for ''attacking family values''. Two of them, Haneen Hossam and Mawada al-Adham, were sentenced to three and six years in jail on charges of "attacking society's values" and "inciting human trafficking". Like many TikTokers, they made videos of themselves dancing and lip-synching to music. For more on the crackdown, we speak to Souleimene Benghazi, an Egypt and Tunisia campaigner at Amnesty International.
24 Jun 2022
Nigerian stakeholder discuss the potential effects of a draft regulation that requires online platforms like Twitter, Facebook and Tiktok to register and open offices in Nigeria and appoint contact persons with the government's information technology development agency.
28 Jul 2022
EU Energy ministers have signed off on a deal to reduce gas consumption by 15% but the agreement is littered with exemptions and derogations for a number of member states.
1 Aug 2022
EU member states have agreed to cut back on the use of natural gas to protect themselves against any further supply cuts by Russia. EU energy ministers agreed that all EU countries should voluntarily cut gas use by 15% from August to March, compared with their average annual use during 2016-2021.
35 mins ago
Griner returned to the basketball court after being detained in Russia for narcotics possession and trafficking. She was released during a high profile prisoner swap.
35 mins ago
The Cannes Film Festival kicks off and while seven out of the 21 directors nominated this year are female, there's anger over the opening movie starring Johnny Depp who's staging a comeback after winning a defamation trial against his former wife, Amber Heard, who accused him of abuse.
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The US president said Washington was doing all it can to strengthen support for Ukraine to fight back against Russia's aggression. Meanwhile, Zelenskyy called on G7 leaders to his peace plan.
1 hour ago
The former prime minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan, has refused to allow police to search his home, saying that they must be supervised. Khan earlier appeared in court to seek protection from arrest.
2 hours ago
Elections are gone and the winner Bola Ahmed Tinubu has been declared President to be inaugurated, on May 29th, 2023. GuardianTV went to the street to find out the expectations and what Nigerians are looking forward to from the new administration.
2 hours ago
Tom Brady has reached an agreement to buy an ownership stake in the Las Vegas Raiders, pending NFL approval. Las Vegas Raiders owner Mark Davis confirmed that he has come to an agreement with Brady for him to join the organization’s ownership group.