Rulers more interested in saving the image- more than 300 sites along with the popular Ekşi Sözlük banned

The Turkish government creates another hero. Ekşi Sözlük has long left caring about the users. Most of its early community features disappeared recently. It is a very commercial site but still on the opposition side, and some Aktrolls consistently targeted the site despite increasing concessions. The ban will probably last for a while, but I … Read more

The State of Data Journalism Survey 2022 released

The second edition of The State of Data Journalism Survey results is now public! Explore the insights from the largest data journalism survey of the year. We covered the industry’s demographics, skills, tools, and work practices, and the impact of the Russia-Ukraine War and the Covid-19 pandemic on the field. The 2022 edition also marks an important … Read more

#Election2023- The main opposition alliance unveils its government program

Nation Alliance unveils comprehensive gov’t program with 2,000 specific objectives The six-party Nation Alliance has unveiled its ambitious and comprehensive government program covering nine major areas, 75 subtitles with more than 2,000 targets to overhaul the governance system, economic policies, foreign policy, education and social policies for placing Türkiye into the league of high-income countries … Read more

My pet project @SosyalKafa is 11 years old and here are the top videos of 2022 in our Youtube Channel

SosyalKafa started as a TV show at BJK Tv and moved to other platforms until it became a Youtube-only channel at the start of the pandemic. I have uploaded all the program videos from the outset so you can find the whole archive. It has a massive list of guests, a tribute to Turkey’s digital … Read more

My new publication: A report on Metaverse and Journalism (in Turkish)

I have been thinking and reading about Metaverse recently, and this is a piece on its encounters with journalism. Here is the link to download the report.

What if Twitter is gone? How to reach this blog

Well, of course, the blog is here, not tied to Twitter hosting. You can come directly here. However, apart from the most committed readers, most traffic comes from social media connections. I have automated the blog to several of my accounts. In the last year, here are the top referrers: Search Engines Twitter Facebook … Read more

A report: ‘A Look At the 20 Years of Media Freedom [in Turkey]

‘A Look At the 20 Years of Media Freedom’ report published Bianet :: English  Assoc. Prof. Ulaş Karan has written an evaluation report titled “A Look At the 20 Years of Media Freedom” regarding the Media Monitoring Reports published by bianet/IPS Communication Foundation. The English version of the report has been published. Click to read … Read more

#Anthropology roundup: “Bruno Latour, French philosopher and anthropologist, dies ages 75

Compared to many other influential contemporary figures in anthropology, I learned his works late, and I was never too tempted by his arguments. However, as my interest in the STS grew, his theories occupied a more significant role in my thinking. Rest in peace, dear Prof. Latour. Bruno Latour, French philosopher and anthropologist, dies ages … Read more

Glad to be part of this book project: “Routledge Companion to Media Anthropology”

I am moving to other research topics, but political trolling has been my long-term concern. In this edited volume, I had the opportunity to discuss the issue through more methodological and historical aspects. I am thankful to the editors for their patience with me. The book info can be found here, and I believe it … Read more

Turkey criminalizes disinformation and the political authorities will decide what disinformation is

I think this is a classic pattern of censorship. Türkiye’s new ‘disinformation law’ explained Bianet :: English Internet news portals and journalists working for them are now subject to the Press Law. “Spreading disinformation” is Turkey Allows Jail Terms for What It Deems ‘Fake News’ NYT > Turkey by Ben Hubbard and Safak Timur Rights … Read more

Erkan at a @Newslaundry Panel

I was honored to be a panelist among with two successful journalists from Sri Lanka and Pakistan. Reporting on the State Why it’s important for the media to report on issues the state tries to suppress. Press freedom is a pressing concern across the world today. There is hardly a country where state or non-state … Read more

#Anthropology roundup: “Archaeology at the Borders of the Refugee Crisis

Archaeology at the Borders of the Refugee Crisis SAPIENS by Marlaina Martin Archaeological methods, which are typically used to study the past, can also illuminate the experiences of today’s displaced people. This article was originally published at Knowable Magazine and has been republished with Creative Commons. ✽ MILLIONS OF PEOPLE from the Global South have left their homes … Read more

A special Reuters report angers some: “Insiders reveal how Erdogan tamed Turkey’s newsrooms”

Special Report: Insiders reveal how Erdogan tamed Turkey’s newsrooms | Reuters Reuters ISTANBUL, Aug 31 (Reuters) – When President Tayyip Erdogan’s son-in-law suddenly quit as finance minister in late 2020, four staff in Turkey’s leading newsrooms said they received a clear direction from their managers: don’t report this until the government says so. The resignation … Read more

Not only in the US, Amazon storage workers in Turkey are on strike

⚡ YİNE KAPINDAYIZ AMAZON! Depo işçilerinin birliğinden korkan @amazon yönetimini uyarıyoruz, yoksa kapınızdan ayrılmayacağız: Üyelerimize uygulanan sürgün, mobbing ve işten atma saldırısı son bulsun! #AmazonDepoDireniyor — DGD-SEN (@DGDSEN) August 8, 2022  

Twitter restricts Turkey’s one of the rare successful citizen journalists, Metin Cihan shots back with several new SM accounts

Metin Cihan’s latest quest was to question a minister’s business relations (Mr. Canikli) This ended up with the restriction of his Twitter account. A journalist announced that Metin Cihan has several new accounts in other social media platforms: Nurettin Canikli dosyasını paylaşan Metin Cihan’ın Twitter hesabına kısıtlama getirilmiş. Bize, size ulaştırmamız için bir mesaj yolladı. … Read more

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