Online information and our relations with it

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    People like the author to speak about them, not about himself or herself

    [Uzbekistan | Tashkent] New media have opened up limitless opportunities for all those who dream of publicity and popularity. You can shoot a culinary blog, maintain a highly intellectual public, post car video records or a hundred of photos about how you spend your day.

    Olesya Tsai from Tashkent chose another way – in the internet she is known as the author of small network genres of poetry. Many users of the Russian-speaking internet have at least once encountered her humorous creations named ‘pirozhki’ and ‘poroshki’. The editors of Converter have found out what these Russian haiku are like and why such four-line verses immediately become popular. More ...

    Both Homer and Google: how to fight against the fakes?

    [Kazakhstan | Almaty] We live at the time which is simultaneously one of the most interesting and challenging periods, at the time of digitalization and abundance of information. So, is it possible at all to get oriented in an information flux where all kinds of fake news occur and how can we protect ourselves from this internet phenomenon? Explains Aliya Bissenova from Almaty. More ...

    The internet genres of micro poetry: an initiation for novices

    [Uzbekistan | Tashkent] Short, funny, without punctuation marks or high-flown rhymes, and containing exactly 34 syllables. Next to all kinds of demotivators, memes and photoshopped images, examples of the so-called micro poetry may be encountered online. Olesya Tsai, a recognized author of funny rhymes in the genre of pirozhki-poroshki, speaks about the appearance and development of the modern samples of deep poetic thinking.More ...

    From petroglyphs to clickbait

    [Kazakhstan | Almaty] How the evolution of the mankind and development of technologies are changing our attitude to information and to its consumption.More ...

    German Angst vs. artificial intellect

    [Berlin | Germany] How is it with the data protection in Germany? Irina Mikhailina from Berlin says: Germans’ sensitivity to protection of personal data is as typical of them as hard work and orderliness.More ...

    How do you know?

    [Belarus | Minsk] How people find out news and are in the know of events if they do not watch TV.More ...

    The apotheosis of mediawar

    [Germany | Berlin] This is a story of a young author from Berlin with a Russian passport, Anastasia Gorokhova, who takes the news very seriously, Once she decided to make a trip to western Ukraine. She planned this trip to become a summer vacation only but in many ways it proved to be the time for analyzing her own self and for getting rid of stereotypes. More ...

    Word regulator

    [Belarus | Minsk] How does the restriction of information in the digital age work, why are some of the media in the postsowjet countries banned and is censorship in the internet necessary? Andrey Dichenko from Belarus analyses the phenomena of internet censorship.More ...

    Doubt learn ask

    [Russia| Moscow] What are fakes in the world of media? Can one cope with the fake news influx and should one do that? Is it always so that a fake news consists in manipulation? Is that true that all the social network users live in an information bubble? Maxim Kornev, the associate professor of the Mass Media Institute of the Russian State Humanitarian University, a partner of the analytical consulting company MediaToolbox, answers these and other questions asked by Converter. This is a must-read for all those who live in the world of information.More ...


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