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Do you Yik Yak?

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Mar10-14, 09:06 AM
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It's only four months old, and already it's causing problems:

Yik Yak anonymous message board app causes uproar at schools (Los Angeles Times)
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Mar10-14, 09:39 AM
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Never heard of it. Not surprised it exists though. Nothing schools can do about it. Wouldn't be surprised if in the near future a class on internet safety is mandatory for grade schools.
Mar10-14, 12:57 PM
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I have never heard of Yik Yak until now, but from what I've read in the LA Times article, the app sounds similar to Twitter.

Mar10-14, 03:56 PM
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Do you Yik Yak?

Yes, it's basically an anonymous version of Twitter that broadcasts only within a restricted geographical area, e.g. within a school or college campus. It was created by two students at a small college.

Yik Yak app disabled in Chicago amid principals' worries (Chicago Tribune)

"The app was made for users college-age and above," Brooks Buffington said in an email to the Tribune.

Buffington developed Yik Yak with Tyler Droll, a classmate at South Carolina's Furman University. The app initially was marketed to students at Southern colleges as a way to connect with others on campus.
Mar16-14, 01:56 AM
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Nope, I don't Yik Yak. I just PhysicsForum....

On the serious side, this would make a great sociological study. I would approach it with critical theory.

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The term "critical theory" is often appropriated when an author (perhaps most notably Michel Foucault) works within sociological terms, yet attacks the social or human sciences (thus attempting to remain "outside" those frames of inquiry).
Out of the academic thoughts on this, I personally frown down upon the reaction educators authorities have taken upon this. One could argue with a little of research that those in charge of education will try to ban it's use bacause it is the work they've been doing in educating those kids what is being reflected in those messages.

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