Digital Media – Amiga Extreme Wed, 28 Sep 2022 18:45:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Digital Media – Amiga Extreme 32 32 Is the flexible culture of social media over? Kylie Jenner’s TikTok controversy, unpacked Wed, 28 Sep 2022 18:23:32 +0000

There’s a change of mood on social media right now, and it’s time to get real about it. In the decade since social media became part of everyday life, as we’ve seen beloved platforms rise and fall (RIP Vine), there’s been a growing clear that apps like Instagram and TikTok not only reflect social culture, but evolve with it. While celebrities and influencers have used these platforms to brand their image, the rest of us have grappled with a digital environment of distorted self-expression for years, in which wealth, Facetuning and idealization seem replace the genuine connection. Case in point: Kylie Jenner’s “dress up with me” TikTok sparked controversy over a casual display of wealth, in which she posed in front of her million-dollar closet, lined with shelves displaying designer shoes and Hermès Birkin bags worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. TikTok users reacted with an outcry, arguing that its flashy content is offline and no longer acceptable. The immediate rejection of Kylie’s ostentatious post, coupled with a push towards online reality, may have you wondering, “Is social media finally over flex culture?”

Kylie Jenner’s Dress With Me TikTok Controversy, Explained

Jenner is far from the only celebrity guilty of posting unwitting content, but she is a strong example based on her posts in recent months: In a TikTok from September 17, Jenner stood in front of a display case containing countless luxury accessories in a closet that looks like a department store and asked viewers to help her choose a bag to wear.

While many saw the video as innocent and amusing, with some commenters calling the reality star “iconic” and asking for a closet tour video, others were offended by her display of wealth. TikTok user @inamarimaki responded, saying, “I’m so shocked at how poor I am.” @itslinklauren joked, “Went to the Grand Canyon and my voice didn’t resonate much,” before noting how offline content was amid a struggling economy and the aftermath of the pandemic.

It’s far from the only time Jenner has been criticized for flaunting her unobtainable wealth. The closet video comes after the star was slammed for regularly using her private jet to get to places accessible by car – despite the flights’ heavy impact on climate change – when the Twitter account @celebrityjets reported their three-minute flight to California on July 12. Barely three days later, on July 15, she passively responded to criticism by doubling down with a swagger post on IG. She limited her comments section to the post, but after the usual “goals”! responses, you can scroll to find other users expressing disappointment: “*Global warming entered the chat*”; “People have to choose between refueling or buying groceries. You might want to read the piece”; “You rich people can make a real difference, but choose not to”; “It gives Marie Antionette lol”; “Kylie girl…that’s not a flex.” Likewise, Kylie’s only response to the closet door backlash was another not-so-humble IG photo of herself in front of the same shelves a few days later.

But at the same time, fans are noticing a push to come off as relatable. If you scroll further down Jenner’s TikTok page, you’ll find a video from this summer of her promoting lip products from her car, which opens with her dropping the phone while he was recording. Viewers called her out as she tried to sound “quirky” and “relatable” in the style of Emma Chamberlain’s beloved vlogging style. @stellaraeherself summed it up in one point in Jenner’s video defending the post: “If you’ve built your brand on being unrelated, but it’s no longer working and you’re changing your vibe… it seems inauthentic.” @lifecrisisinducedglowup brought up the irony that the reality TV star was sitting in a fancy car, basically campaigning with her fanbase to get rich.

Ultimately, influential celebrities like Jenner are caught between trying to pitch a friend-like persona in order to build a parasocial relationship with followers/customers, while enjoying and flaunting unattainable wealth – Jenner’s California home, for example, costs about 1,200 times the average student loan debt in the United States.

These TikTokers argue that this dichotomy presents itself as false, insensitive, and alienating, but that’s the point of flexible culture, after all. “Flexing” online means flaunting status symbols such as designer clothes or luxury vacations, in order to create an ambitious image for others to gawk at. References include Rae Stremmerd’s 2014 song “No Flex Zone,” which describes a place where you can authentically live without worrying about competing with others wielding your riches.

A change away from flexible culture

In a TikTok stich response to Jenner’s video, trending analyst @dtstrends said the backlash was an example of the mood shift of this visual materialism, commenting that Kylie’s closet video “gives out of touch, she gives ‘eat the rich’.” She cited a new wave of influencers discussing issues important to workers. As an example, she used Julia Fox, who, as campy as she is, definitely keeps it real. On TikTok, Fox is leveling up with her audience to voice her opinions on topics including violence, parenthood, radical female empowerment, healthy dating, capitalism and celebrity, and isn’t afraid to breaking the fourth wall to admit she called the paparazzi for a photoshoot (when she was wearing clothes made by a student designer). Sure, she’s a fabulous star, but the key is that she leads with her real personality instead of her stuff, challenging people to change their view of her – as if she’s humanizing the supposed “doll” persona. dressed” from when she was dating Kanye West.

Media trend predictor @cocomocoe also praised Fox for being authentic in a TikTok video, saying, “I think what makes [Fox] so sympathetic is that she does not care to be liked. She argued that Fox is an outsider to champion, unlike so many famous “nepotistic babies,” and that this quality makes her a natural antithesis to Kardashian-style celebrities.

“Every time I see a video of Julia Fox appear on my feed, I’m reminded how much she deserves the platform she has. Because what she says makes you think, number one, and that comes from ‘a place of love and compassion,’ TikTok user @electralouise said in a video, adding that she appreciates how Fox has brought more visibility to the struggles of single motherhood and validated the experiences of a larger community.

Another way Fox stands out from her peers is how she’s able to seriously laugh at herself and acknowledge criticism online, like when she reposted an edit of herself as a centaur after whether people clowned around in her super low-rise pants (captioned “Sleigh”), responded to disdain for her smudged eye makeup, or even when she captioned a daring outfit on IG,” **Disclaimer: You’re not supposed to like this.**”

More importantly, Fox’s self-proclaimed role is not to sell a lifestyle or a product. Many young Gen Z women online jokingly praise her as a modern philosopher, like in this Tiktok from @midwestbimbo, for her insights and honest wisdom. Plus, she’d probably make a great IRL friend too.

The rise of BeReal

One of the factors that has led to a move away from flexible culture is how Gen Z uses social media differently than Millennials. Gen Z posting is less about outright validation and more about expression of personality. For example, Instagram photo dumps are right now, referring to a multi-slide post of random, but still organized images. They’re meant to show darker snapshots of everyday life, like blurry snaps, zoomed-in food shots, and even out-of-place memes, in a bid to make Instagram casual again (a change of posed, filtered, and faceted posts ). This style is a running joke on TikTok, as this puzzled millennial @portab.ella video shows.

The apps themselves are also getting more real – pun intended. BeReal, the latest Gen Z social media app you’ve probably added to your rotation, is designed to share an unprecedented moment using a dual camera and surprise users with a daily alert. Since the start of 2022, the app’s downloads have increased by 315%, according to Apptopia, and its popularity indicates a desire for candid online publishing and a sense of community, as people regularly share with each other at the same time. Whether you’re lying in bed or out on the town, BeReal flexes your reality, not a calculated, validation-hungry fantasy. People love it so much that almost every other major social app is adopting similar sharing feature.

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As people lift the veil – or filter – their identity online, it’s harder to take the wealthy seriously when they one day sell a shiny product in a big-budget photo shoot and then try to communicate with fans from their 10-car driveway the next day. The general feeling online is that people don’t want to log on to be sold. Plus, in the aftermath of a pandemic and with rumors of a recession around the corner, people are just tired of seeing things they can’t have. The past few years have taught us that accessibility in real life is more important than ever, and can be achieved through a compassionate and productive connection to the Internet – as long as users point their attention in that direction.

If the flexing really came out, that doesn’t mean you’re wrong to celebrate your first home or your first dream purse on your page. Instead, it’s about moving away from the idea that you need to create a “better” version of yourself online, such as showing off your lifestyle with the intention of appearing above above your followers in terms of social or economic status. Like Fox, your page is an opportunity to play up your humor, learned wisdom, and big ideas that make you unique, which in turn will inspire your friends.

Thanks to a fresh perspective from Gen Z, it seems like social media is moving away from the highly curated and polished streams that function to compete with their peers, and towards a space that encourages original expression, creativity, self-image authentic and a place of discussion. questions that really matter IRL to you and your followers. If we are going to dedicate so much of our lives and identities to digital media, we might as well extend our realities to it as well.

How do you encourage millennials to move to Traverse City? Sun, 25 Sep 2022 04:05:12 +0000

How do you get a millennial to move their family or business to Traverse City? After five years, multiple grants, and setting up a digital talent attraction campaign, the Traverse Connect team thinks they have a pretty good idea.

In 2017, a Michigan Office of Film and Digital Media grant was awarded to five communities with the goal of “encouraging talent retention and growth in the creative and cultural economy.”

Ann Arbor, Detroit, Grand Rapids, Marquette and our very own Traverse City each received a portion of $1.5 million to create pilots and projects aimed at boosting professional support in disciplines and areas like advertising, architecture and the arts.

There were some early local focus groups and ideas, but not much of a form to work with (and the grant itself was large and experimental in nature). Then, in 2019, the Traverse City Chamber of Commerce officially merged with the economic development organization Traverse Connect. This is also when the current CEO, Warren Call, took over and inherited the project.

Through strategic planning sessions supported by community input, the Traverse Connect team launched Michigan’s Creative Coast Project in 2020 with a website and bulletin board aimed at attracting targeted talent to the region. The organized job site is unique in that most ads pay at least $45,000 per year or at least $22 per hour.

Michigan’s Creative Coast (soon to be a trademark) is now a spin-off brand managed by Traverse Connect staff. The objectives of the project are to promote the region as an exceptional place to live and work, then to help attract professionals in their 30s and 40s while offering them a support network for the big move. As the network grows, it provides and creates a community to exchange opportunities, experiences and resources.

Some of the early projects included the publication of a Creative Coast guide and the production of a podcast series featuring local creatives and creatives which was broadcast by Interlochen Public Radio. Networking and dating options are through the Fresh Coast Quarterly Club, and the team co-hosted a job fair with fellow talent incubator TCNewTech.

Abby Baudry is Creative Coast’s day-to-day operational manager and says the key performance indicators are traffic metrics to the online job board. The site features a range of employment options across various industries, with over 200 organizations having used the board.

The job board focuses on mid-career and emerging leadership positions that will increase the core employment population in the region (i.e. those aged 35-49). The goal was to increase this demographic group by 5% in the region by 2030, and early indicators show a 1% increase after the first two years.

The Creative Coast team acknowledges that it plays a game of thumbs, with average website views of 1,250 and 30-40 apps per month. Quarterly events are multiplying and now attract an average of 100 people. Several successful job offers and relocations have come from relationships that began with Creative Coast.

Job seekers can also deepen their understanding of the area with the help of Northern Navigators, people who already live and work here (many of whom are transplanted themselves). Northern Navigators arrange video chats, calls, or even in-person visits with people who are considering moving to the area.

One of the navigators is Dennos Museum Center director Craig Hadley, who estimates he talks to potential job seekers about once a month. “Ninety-five percent of the time it’s people from the visual arts and museum worlds, so it’s rewarding to connect on a professional level with other people in my field. If I had had a resource like this when my family moved here, it would have made it easier,” Hadley says.

As an Asian-American, Hadley knows some of the most personal challenges people face when moving here. “Sometimes I talk culture with prospects. If people are looking to move here, they are already in tune with the demographics and they have done their research, but they also want to know about the challenges and family issues. I can tell them about all the positive changes that have started and materialized since I moved here in an effort to support more diversity and cultural understanding.

Now approaching its third official year, Creative Coast recently received a $350,000 Economic Improvement Grant from the State of Michigan to support the initiative.

Baudry says the team plans to launch a new guide for freelancers and entrepreneurs soon, focused on freelance consultants and service providers looking to advertise and connect with potential clients. It will be open to everyone for an annual fee of $100, categorized and could potentially include everyone from photographers to plumbers.

The project also uses digital advertising to work on lifestyle advocacy, and many resources are dedicated to design, multimedia and storytelling projects that emphasize our four-season outdoor recreational or cultural activities, as well as community professionals. Call and his team hope to emulate the national impact of the Pure Michigan campaign, with the Creative Coast promoting year-round jobs over tourism.

Three disciplines merge to form the school Fri, 23 Sep 2022 16:07:46 +0000

The numbers show that the film program has skyrocketed, which Marker attributes to the growth of the film industry in the state of Georgia and the quality of the school’s program. There are currently 317 students in the film track, Marker said. Film and digital media majors have grown from five in 2015 to 32 in four years.

“Our program has steadily improved in terms of faculty and what we offer. And then, of course, there’s the new Film and Digital Media building,” Marker said. “These are facilities that rival any in the Southeast. There has always been a demand for a program to learn how to produce film and television. But 10 years ago you had to leave Georgia if you wanted to pursue a career and that really makes a difference.”

Being able to stay in Georgia increases the attractiveness of a professional career.

“Film and television production is so diverse. People often think of it as writing, directing, acting, and editing. But the fact is, so many of the skills students in the theater program learn are directly transferable to a film set. Lighting”, rigging, design and technical work also takes place on a film set. It’s very comparable to what’s learned in the theater program,” Marker said.

Films need to be promoted and the skills learned in the communication program are very valuable in the film and television industries.

Aside from film and theatre, the Bachelor of Communication program includes concentrations in multimedia journalism, public relations, and organizational leadership.

The UNG debate team and Vanguard student media, as well as a number of other clubs and organizations, including the Screenwriters Guild Student Film Association, will be housed within the school.

“We house all of these student organizations that complement programs and create additional opportunities for students,” Marker said. “We know that we will enrich the entire Gainesville campus by forming the school.”

Times Network bolsters digital business with key appointments Thu, 22 Sep 2022 05:36:21 +0000

Times Network today announced the appointment of Rohit Chadda as President and COO – Digital Business and Vinay Sarawagi as Senior Vice President – Digital Content.

In his new role, Rohit Chadda will lead the network’s digital operations and oversee product strategy, audience development and operations planning for digital businesses. He will also work closely with the network leadership team to fuel the company’s overall digital transformation efforts and scale the business. A seasoned and versatile professional with nearly two decades of experience, Rohit is an award-winning entrepreneur with extensive experience in e-commerce, technology, fintech, media and entertainment, and OTT.

Spearheading the overall content segment of the network’s digital business across all platforms, Vinay Sarawagi will play a pivotal role in leading an innovative content strategy for the network’s digital arm,, and further drive the growth of the network’s digital assets. Vinay is a seasoned professional with over 15 years of experience in traditional and digital media. In his previous role, Vinay was instrumental in building the brand and audience, business strategy and operations for a broadcast brand.

MK Anand, MD and CEO of Times Network, said, “We have made a concerted effort to grow our digital prowess to meet an expanding user base across all platforms. I am happy to welcome Rohit and Vinay to the team, who bring their expertise in driving a successful digital strategy through business development and content innovation. I am confident that they will be valuable additions to support our ambitious growth plans and help us reach new heights. »

Speaking on his appointment, Rohit Chadda said, “I am delighted to join Times Network to lead its digital mandate. My efforts will be to create new opportunities, capitalize on emerging trends and strengthen the digital assets of the Network to facilitate its transformation into a digital first organization.

Speaking on his appointment, Vinay Sarawagi said, “I am delighted to join India’s most influential news network. At Times Network, audiences are at the heart of everything and the unrivaled brand that connects with viewers will continue to differentiate the network’s brands from the I look forward to taking on this new role and synergizing my efforts to ensure that our audiences, whatever the media, formats and languages, benefit from undeniable content, all day, every day. »

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Choir Launches Voices™ Platform for Media Companies and Tue, 20 Sep 2022 16:09:51 +0000

San Francisco, Sept. 20, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Choral, the financial industry’s leading diversity technology platform, is increasing the volume of representative voices with its new offering, Voices: Search™. Now available in beta for media companies and financial organizations, Voices™ makes it easy for journalists and event planners to connect with hundreds of people of color, women and non-binary professionals who are sources and qualified speakers in the financial ecosystem. With this launch, Choir is also proud to announce respected FinTech innovator, speaker and Envestnet leader, Dani Favajoined the company’s board of directors.

Voices is a research platform that connects journalists, conference planners and other industry content producers with fresh sources and speakers who bring diverse expertise representative of the world around us. On Voices:Search, users search by broad areas of interest – such as asset management or cryptocurrency – or specific topics such as fixed income, 401k, stock compensation, economics behavioral or charitable donations, for example. Search users can filter by title, professional designation, location, race, gender, and other personal identifiers.

The individuals – or “Voices” – listed on the platform each have their own digital media kit containing: links to media appearances and videos of them speaking; the types and sizes of speaking roles, print and digital media they are willing to participate in; downloadable photos; links to social media and professional websites; fees charged (if applicable); and contact details.

“Conference committees and journalists face significant time constraints and limited networks, contributing to a continuous cycle of speakers and seamless sources – Voices will change that,” said Liv Gagnon, co-founder of the Choir. “Before launching certification, Voices was the brainchild of Choir. We asked, “What if you could search from a pool of brilliant speakers and sources made up entirely of people of color, women, and non-binary professionals?” Now we’ve built it, and we’re excited the industry is seeing a new face of thought leadership.

More than 200 Voices have already registered and are on the platform in beta version. Choir began signing leading financial and national media commercial contracts with Voices: Search, as well as conference planning teams and financial organizations.

“News publications, financial institutions and conference organizers largely have good intentions and have told us they want to put the expertise of women and people of color in the spotlight. Until now, they didn’t have an efficient and scalable way to do this,” said Sonya Dreizler, co-founder of Choir. “We want to turn intention into action. Voices removes many of the obstacles that have been standing for too long.

Voices is a natural continuation of Choir’s mission to bring the voices of people of color, women, and non-binary professionals to the stages and in the media. In January, the company launched its flagship Choir Certification, a diversity certification and assessment for financial conferences that includes guidance, year-over-year benchmarking, and helpful resources on diversity, equity and inclusion for conference planning teams. The certification is based on Choir’s proprietary algorithm that quantifies how well a lineup of speakers reflects the American population. Dozens of conferences have already started working with Choir, and a list of certified events is listed on the website.

“An industry’s ability to innovate is directly related to how effectively it listens to and responds to the needs of all of its consumers. This can only happen when diverse leaders are at the table,” said fava. “I’m inspired by the platform Choir has created and excited to help evolve it so we can all reap the benefits.”

Organizations interested in joining the Voices beta can email or visit for more information.

From early-career professionals to C-Suite executives, anyone working in finance can join Voices today at no cost by submitting a profile at

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About the choir

Choir, LLC (“Choir”) is the finance industry’s premier conference diversity certification and diversity technology platform focused on amplifying the voices of finance professionals who are women, non-binary, and people of color. Creator of Choir Certification™ and Choir Score™, the company aims to make conferences more representative of the American population by helping organizations identify and achieve clear and actionable speaker diversity benchmarks. A complete list of certified Choir conferences is available at The company is based in San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Choir and Envestnet are separate, unaffiliated companies. This release should not be construed as a recommendation or endorsement of any particular product, service or company.


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		€4.9m funding for the Limerick Film and Digital Media Center
		Mon, 19 Sep 2022 06:18:00 +0000


FUNDING of €4,979,525 has been awarded to the Limerick College of Further Education on Mulgrave Street for the development of a center of excellence in film and digital media.

This funding is part of 13 projects in the first round of capital investment under the Strategic Infrastructure Upgrade Fund for Higher Education and Training (FET).

Minister of State for Skills and Higher Education, Niall Collins, said: “This is a brilliant announcement for Limerick College of Further Education which will bring huge benefits to students wishing to study in the film and television industry.

“I am delighted that Limerick has been included in this capital investment program. The SIUF investment is a larger program of capital investment led by my department in the FET sector, which will total at least 50 million euros across the country.

A few months ago the LCETB was supported by the Department for Further and Further Education to purchase a building on Mulgrave Street adjacent to the Limerick College of Further Education as part of this scheme.

Minister Collins added: “The nearly 5 million euros invested in this project will make it possible to renovate and improve the storage space recently acquired by the LCETB with the support of my department into a center of excellence for cinema and digital media.

“This center of excellence has the potential to create a learning space for creative media learners and screen industry practitioners and will be a gateway to enter the film and entertainment industries. television.

“We anticipate that the Center of Excellence will accommodate up to 250 learners of specific courses in several areas such as film and television production, music technology, photography and digital media, while there will also be opportunities for 250 other learners from other courses who can minor in a field supported by the center.

“Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board is already doing fantastic work in this area and this investment in the Center of Excellence will not only improve the training and education on offer, but the opportunities for these people after education.

“I would like to congratulate everyone who participated in the project and look forward to the success of the completed development.”

Turkey’s New Disinformation Bill: Worrying Trend of Digital Authoritarianism – JURIST – Commentary Sat, 17 Sep 2022 22:19:51 +0000

Jeetendra Vishwakarma and Nishka Kapoor, second-year law students at the National Academy of Legal Research, Hyderabad, Telangana, discuss the troubling effects of Turkey’s proposed disinformation law on press freedom…

In 2002, when President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Justice and Development Party (AKP) came to power in Turkey, defeating Kemalist hegemony, there was a ray of hope in the West for this predominantly Muslim country. However, Turkey’s experience over the past 20 years has been a descent into authoritarian rule with crackdowns on free speech, restrictions on dissent and increased political persecution. Press freedom in the country is systematically violated by draconian laws and punitive measures, giving vague interpretations of national security and terrorism. As the internet becomes ubiquitous among Turkish citizens, the state is also extending its control over the internet, stifling criticism and debate against the government online.

At the end of May 2022, the Turkish government tabled the “Disinformation Law” in parliament, amending the press and various other laws. The bill provides for prison sentences of up to three years for spreading “disinformation” and “fake news” on digital platforms. Several journalists and free speech organizations criticized the bill as the biggest censorship in Turkish history, intended to further undermine citizens’ free speech rights ahead of the 2023 general election. .

This article will analyze how civil society and the public in Turkey are muted by internet censorship, surveillance and intimidation. Additionally, the authors will attempt to explain the concerns and impact of Turkey’s new disinformation bill, which will be voted on in parliament in October 2022.

Tracing digital authoritarianism in Turkey

The first traces of the state’s attempt to control digital media in Turkey date back to 2006, when the anti-terrorism law was amended to allow the government to use personal data for investigative purposes when suspects were suspected of terrorism or sympathy for terrorism. Several journalists, critics and civil rights defenders have been brought to justice based on evidence collected through digital surveillance. In 2007, Parliament passed its first internet bill, known as Law No. 5651. The law aimed to protect users from illegal and harmful online content by establishing the liability of content providers and hosting companies. The law allowed prosecutors to impose a ban on any online website within 24 hours by court or administrative order. It quickly became an instrument of abuse in the hands of the government to block access to various websites, with over 1,300 website blocks in 2008.

The 2013 Gezi Square protest marked a catalytic event in digital censorship in Turkey. The government amended the infamous Internet Bill, allowing it to block websites for violating user privacy without a court order. It also kept a record of Internet traffic for up to two years. The Turkish government’s internet shutdown peaked in 2015 and 2017. Permanent internet shutdowns have mainly targeted the southeastern regions, where Kurdish resistance is firmly entrenched. Surveillance measures also emerged with the passage of the Intelligence Service and National Intelligence Agency Law, allowing Turkey’s National Intelligence Agency to use any technical or human intelligence related to domestic terrorism and to the fight against terrorism. In the aftermath of the Gezi protests, Turkey has also become a client of various digital surveillance technologies such as Pegasus, Candiru Spyware and network injections.

In 2016, Turkey experienced its fourth military coup with an unsuccessful attempt to overthrow the Erdogan government. In the aftermath of the failed coup, according to Freedom House, more than 100 online and offline media outlets were forced to shut down, thousands of citizens were arrested, and around 150,000 civil servants and military personnel were sacked. During the post-coup emergency enforcement, the state was able to intercept the digital communications of individuals allegedly involved in the coup. In 2018, the change in the constitutional structure from parliamentary to presidential further strengthened the government’s power to stifle dissent in the digital world. In 2019, the government granted plenary powers to the Turkish Radio and Television High Council (RTUK) to regulate OTT platforms like Netflix and forced them to obtain licenses from RTUK. In 2020, the government passed the Social Media Law, requiring social media intermediaries to register with authorities, establish local offices, and remove digital content within two days of the government order.

The crackdown on digital freedom has caused Turkey to be downgraded in various civil and human rights rankings. Turkey was listed as “not free” in Freedom House’s Freedom in the World report. Reports without Borders (RSF) ranked Turkey 153/180 as “the most dangerous country for media personnel in Europe”.

The new disinformation law

The disinformation bill was proposed a year ago and includes around 40 articles. It was presented to parliament at the end of May. Parliament will vote on the bill in the next session of the Legislative Assembly, and it will have serious ramifications for the landscape of free digital media in Turkey. It proposes similar regulations for traditional print media, broadcast media and online media platforms. This will spawn digital media platforms asking the government for press cards to cover current events.

The legislation also provides for a prison term of one to three years for public dissemination of misleading information. However, what constitutes misleading information, or who would decide the definition, is not mentioned in the bill, leaving wide scope for misuse to the highly politicized justice system. The vague definition of “disinformation” and “intent” will put millions of Turkish users at risk for posting information critical of the government.

The bill also seeks to increase the prison term by 50% when information is posted from an anonymous account. This provision undermines the anonymity of Internet users and further threatens those who wish to publish evidence of government malpractice. Anonymity allows citizens to express themselves openly and honestly without distraction or fear of reprisal; thus, this provision will hinder citizens’ freedom of expression. The bill will reduce the scope for public debate, discussion and consideration of any new national policy or issue. This will end up creating self-censorship among citizens.

Another disconcerting provision subjects digital news sites to press law. This implies that online news portals will obtain official press accreditation and public advertising funds through the official Press Advertising Agency. This will effectively allow pro-government news organizations to suffocate critical media funds on the grounds of breaking the disinformation law. The law’s vague terminology and harsh penalties give the government absolute power to further restrict online criticism, especially from younger populations.

Various policymakers, journalists and lawyers fear that if the bill goes into effect, it will violate the public peace and put the basic rights of citizens in a sorry state. The law should not come into force because it would violate the fundamental human right to freedom of speech and expression protected by Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The ruling alliance claimed the bill complied with the European Union’s Digital Services Act and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). However, the bill is similar to laws in authoritarian countries like Hungary, Poland and Russia, where laws claiming to fight fake news and protect digital users are actually used by the government to exert control over the digital media landscape, creating scenarios where dissenting opinions and perspectives are not solicited.


Article 28 of the Turkish constitution explicitly states that the press is free and will not be restricted. Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, ratified by Turkey in 1954, protects the expression of non-violent opinions. However, as explained above, the government has used a range of measures, ranging from anti-terrorism laws to censorship measures and surveillance technologies, to undermine freedom of expression in the digital sphere.

The new disinformation law will put a strain on independent media critical of the government, limiting citizens’ ability to access unfiltered and accurate information. The government must reconsider the bill, taking into account its long-term implications and the already reduced free digital space. Input from key stakeholders who will be affected by the bill is essential to ensure that it does not have a negative impact on online media.

Jeetendra Vishwakarma and Nishka Kapoor are second year law students at the National Academy of Legal Research (NALSAR), Hyderabad, Telangana. They are passionate about contemporary legal and political events at the national and international level and their connection with the issue of human rights.

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Rival IQ ranks @UTSA’s Facebook presence #5 most engaged in the country | UTSA today | UTSA Fri, 16 Sep 2022 15:43:22 +0000

This year, Rival IQ evaluated content posted between June 1, 2021 and May 31, 2022 on UTSA’s official Instagram (@UTSA), Twitter and Facebook channels and the @UTSAStudents TikTok channel. Official channels are operated by University Strategic Communications. The TikTok channel is operated by the Office of the Dean of Students.

“To become a model of student success, UTSA recognizes that it must meet and serve students where they are. Today, a lot of that conversation and relationship building happens on social media,” said Joe Izbrand, UTSA’s Director of Communications and Associate Vice President for Strategic Communications. “We have a dynamic strategy to reach and connect with students and our wider community of faculty, staff, alumni and supporters. This strategy is a powerful tool to advance UTSA’s reputation and brand.

Rival IQ polled all 358 colleges and universities in Division I to come up with its 2022 rankings. To ensure a genuine comparison, it considered each university’s audience size by channel: followers for Instagram, Twitter and Facebook and views on TikTok. In doing so, it effectively ranked the percentage of each institution’s active social media audience.

UTSA uses social media to engage, inform and entertain the public. It also uses its social channels as a customer service where students and family members can get additional support to connect with other campus offices to ask questions or address concerns.

The university’s official social media presence includes the @UTSA channels on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube and Giphy as well as its new @UTSA.Roadrunners channel on TikTok, which launched in August.

Rival IQ is a digital marketing leader in competitive social media listening. It was founded in 2012 to provide public and private companies with real-time access to their social media data. His specialties include social post analysis, competitive analysis, social media audits, social reporting, and influencer tracking. Its clients include Deloitte, the Denver Broncos, Indiana University, University of Kentucky, Notre Dame and Xavier University.

This year, Rival IQ’s top higher education institutions by Facebook engagement rate included the University of Iowa, Georgia Tech, Jackson State, James Madison, and UTSA.

Overall, the top five colleges and universities included the University of Iowa, James Madison, Utah State, Georgia Tech, and Ohio University.

Barstool bets on live sports in publicity pitch – The Hollywood Reporter Wed, 14 Sep 2022 22:05:56 +0000

Barstool Sports is set to celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2023. But what started as a voice-powered sports blog is betting it can complete its transformation into a digital media powerhouse, with live events, broadcasts reality shows, podcasts and other entertainment fare.

On Wednesday night, Barstool executives and talent were scheduled to give this pitch to advertisers at Webster Hall in New York City, outlining a content roadmap with broad ambition.

One of the mainstays of Barstools’ new content push is an expansion of live sporting events. Although Barstool won’t pay $1 billion for NFL rights, the company has strategically signed deals for college sports and now to televise the annual FDNY-NYPD charity hockey game.

“What you’re going to see is that sport can be covered differently, shows can be crafted differently, and the experience around it can be experienced differently,” Barstool CEO Erika Nardini said. The Hollywood Reporter. “Hopefully this will take us into a new stratosphere in terms of not only the things this company can do, but also how brands can work with us.”

To begin, in November, Barstool Sports will host its own men’s college basketball tournament, the Barstool Sports Invitational, from the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. Akron, Mississippi State, Toledo and the University of Alabama at Birmingham have committed to participate.

“We’ll air it, we’ll run all the sponsorship around it and we’ll cover it and create it in a way that mixes comedy, entertainment and live sports in a way that I think will feel really different and will resonate with that younger audience,” Nardini says.

Then, on December 30, Barstool will air the Barstool Sports Arizona Bowl, leveraging its talent, including founder Dave Portnoy, to cover the game.

And in April 2023, the company will broadcast the annual FDNY-NYPD hockey game.

“Live sport is the best thing on TV. You don’t know what’s going to happen, there’s rivalry, there’s drama, there’s wins and losses and upsets,” says Nardini , adding of the company’s plans “it’s not just sports and it’s not just entertainment and it’s not just comedy, it’s kind of a combination of all three things.

And on Wednesday, Barstool will also roll out a new slate of content, including reality shows like Crush or Cash and competition series Elite AthElite Bar Stool.

A podcast by Los Angeles Lakers star Patrick Beverley, a documentary following the popular podcast team Pardon My Take, and a gold tournament featuring Barstool talent called the Barstool Writer Cup are also in the works.

“We take our talent and our personalities and weave them into all types of shows,” says Nardini.

And the publicity pitch comes as the company is set to be fully acquired by casino operator Penn National. Penn acquired a majority stake in Barstool in 2020 and exercised its option to buy out the rest of the company last month.

“It gives us guns, silver and steel with which we are associated with the largest regional casino operator in the country,” says Nardini, noting that Barstool talent can visit Penn properties and that Barstool may work more closely with theScore, which Penn acquired last year.

“People used to say ‘hey, why can’t you put sports scores and real journalism on Barstool Sports? And I would say it’s because we don’t,” Nardini says. “Now we can bring advertisers theScore, which is more pure sports journalism.”

And the company will roll out a Name, Image, Likeness (NIL) platform intended to connect brands with college athletes. Called TwoYay, the platform will be free to athletes and is intended to help athletes who don’t have a team of agents to help them strike VOID deals, whether it’s a basketball player from division 1 or a division 3 volleyball player.

“The top 3 quarterbacks will get big deals on drinks or sportswear, and everyone else will get nothing, or if they’re lucky, a car dealership near their school,” Nardini said of the logic behind the platform. “It’s creating something that doesn’t exist.”

Sprinkles Media offers expert marketing tactics for e-commerce businesses Tue, 13 Sep 2022 15:25:52 +0000

Irvine’s digital media agency, Sprinkles Media, recently offered 10 vital marketing tactics for e-commerce businesses. This article, in addition to providing insider tips on digital marketing, showcases the many services Sprinkles Media provides to brands and businesses.

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In his last article, The 10 Best Marketing Tactics for Ecommerce Businessesthe digital media agency Sprinkles Media showcases the expertise and marketing know-how of its team.

The Irvine, Calif.-based digital media agency constantly updates its blog, affectionately called “The Confectionary,” to update readers with the latest and greatest in marketing insights.

“We’re blessed with an inside view of the world of digital marketing and advertising, and we want readers to join us in understanding the ins and outs of this ever-changing industry,” the CEO said. Jess Park.

And this latest foray into the complex world of marketing is precisely the hallmark of Irvine’s digital marketing agency.

Learn marketing tactics for e-commerce businesses

Sprinkles Media clears the air right off the bat and lets readers know that every company and every brand is different.

“…it depends on several factors to determine which digital marketing tips are right for you…it’s essential to look at the landscape before jumping into creating content for clients and planning your next moves,” says Park.

Content marketing, a popular way to build buzz around a business, has been a reliable way to market to an audience.

“Content marketing has a few goals to achieve to get the most out of your emails, well-written web content, and brand design. These are strategic goals, tactical goals, reader goals, and finally, the journey through the marketing funnel,” Park explains.

And this digital marketing funnel defines a lot of what businesses attempt to do. The marketing funnel is a customer’s “journey” from start to finish. It starts with a problem that customers need to solve and ends with choosing a specific product or brand to solve that problem.

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Another key strategy for businesses of any size is search engine optimization (SEO). Sprinkles Media specializes in this popular internet marketing tactic, which aims to drive traffic to a site using unique keywords and key phrases.

“Perhaps it’s more important to employ a talented SEO copywriter to take the crumbs of an idea and put it into action. In short, it’s essential for a successful e-commerce marketing strategy,” says Park.

“With an SEO copywriter, you need to look for someone with pure writing skills. But don’t forget about research skills and solid knowledge…”

Boosting Business with Sprinkles Media

For more information on how to increase business and achieve goals, Sprinkles Media offers quality digital marketing services to businesses large and small.

This unique focus on a positive working relationship with clients shows that Sprinkles Media is a breath of fresh air in the marketing industry.

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