An aggregated reading list of the best, in-depth thinking from around the web on the impact of technology and social media, curated by Nathan Jurgenson and Cyborgology.

On the whole, academia is quite anti-popular writing

Mainstream sociology & history have a bias towards thinking that nothing is new, ever, & thus ignored the internet

Use the emoticons & gift-wrap your message for data-miners or stick to plain English & limit yr audience to humans

Goatse was the perfect totem for a burgeoning web culture that prized free speech and unpredictability

Digital dualism can blind us to the real and serious problems of online vigilantism

Facebook invites us to forget we even had a self before Timeline was there to organize it

the emoticon scheme makes us shoppers for new, bonus feelings à la carte

Cable news is dead, but something keeps animating the corpse

memes circulate us rather than vice versa

many of the declarations whizzing around Boston look like sympathy but smell like attention-seeking

social networking sites are not a separate realm of political activity

the Google car was treated with deference no matter how recklessly we drove

iPad painting: just of the many similarities between George W. Bush and Churchill

“No, but I’ve seen the GIFs,” I offered. This is what the future of music videos is up against

One of the unexpected pleasures of technology is the ability to simulate identities for ourselves with consumption

On the one hand, yay: My subconscious isn’t digital dualist

online buzz had no quantifiable impact on short-term sales

hardcore narcissists are put off by Facebook because it reveals that they are not the center of everyone else’s universe