How Prison Inmates Get on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram

From the perspectives of both a current and former inmate (the author), this article details the various challenges by which inmates gain access to social media platforms. Such access can be the site of resistance, re-humanization, or even exploitation.

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These days, just about everyone is getting up-to-the-minute notifications from their smartphones, tablets, and desktop computers about what people they know are doing, to the point where it gets annoying. It's just the way the world works now. You don't have to see anybody face to-face; everything is virtual and instantaneous. Friend, follow, like, post, comment, tweet, status update, check in, upload a photo—social media seems to compromise the majority of our interactions these days. Read more...