Facebook Refusal: Hispter Trend or Activist Movement? NYU Steinardt Researcher Explores Media Refusal Phenomenon


Laura Portwood-Stacer, visiting assistant professor of media, culture, and communication at NYU Steinhardt, has recently published a study of people who quit Facebook and how the media cover the phenomenon of Facebook refusal.

Facebook Refusal: Hispter Trend or Activist Movement?


Laura Portwood-Stacer, visiting assistant professor of media, culture, and communication at NYU Steinhardt, has recently published a study of people who quit Facebook and how the media cover the phenomenon of Facebook refusal.

“People have a variety of reasons for quitting or refusing a platform like Facebook,” said Portwood-Stacer, “Yet many media accounts of the phenomenon portray quitters as hipsters or elitists. Even some of the refusers themselves describe their decision to quit in terms that make it sound like they're 'too cool' for Facebook."

Portwood-Stacer asserts that many people have ethical and political concerns about media services like Facebook.

"While quitting may seem like an ideal solution, it's an individual strategy that doesn't necessarily result in structural changes to the media landscape. Those political and ethical concerns—about privacy, about exploitation, about user agency—go unaddressed," Portwood-Stacer notes. "The problem is compounded by media coverage that talks abo 500

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