Designing Social Media for Global Citizenship
Designing Social Media for Global Citizenship, 2017.
This piece is drawn in part from a senior thesis entitled, Virtually Chinese: WeChat as a Transnational Digital Space, which explores how the Chinese social media app WeChat fosters intimate forms of communication through expressively saturated mediums including voice, iconography, and financial transactions. Ultimately, the work compares the mobile app to the concepts of the panopticon, total institutions, and heterotopias. The implications of these conclusions are noted here through the lens of global citizenship; that the internet is channel for global citizenship is a misleading assumption, and designers should be prepared to challenge its effects in their work.