How To Get a Social Media Ph.D.

A few months ago, I asked how we might reconsider Ph.D. education in light of digital media, social media, and the changing landscape of scholarly publishing. No matter what your Ph.D. aspirations are, all Ph.D.s are sort-of about publishing and dissemination of research and also reading research, and these activities are being transformed by digital media. …

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How Do Users Take Collective Action Against Online Platforms? CHI Honorable Mention

What factors lead users in an online platform to join together in mass collective action to influence those who run the platform? Today, I'm excited to share that my CHI paper on the reddit blackout has received a Best Paper Honorable Mention! (Read the pre-print version of my paper here) When users of online platforms complain, we're often …

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SMC media roundup

This is a collection of some of our researchers' quotes, mentions, or writings in mainstream media. Topics include Facebook's supposed neutral community standards, sharing economy workers uniting to protest, living under surveillance and relational labor in music. Tarleton Gillespie in the Washington Post --> The Big Myth Facebook needs everyone to believe And yet, observers …

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#trendingistrending: when algorithms become culture

I wanted to share a new essay, "#Trendingistrending: When Algorithms Become Culture" that I've just completed for a forthcoming Routledge anthology called Algorithmic Cultures: Essays on Meaning, Performance and New Technologies, edited by Robert Seyfert and Jonathan Roberge. My aim is to focus on the various "trending algorithms" that populate social media platforms, consider what they do as a set, and then …

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