AoIR2016: Bending

This was a fascinating session run by The Fourchettes collective, with a focus on un-block-boxing, thinking about it through axes of power, and by recognising spaces of invisibility (and the importance of preparing them). It was facilitated by Alison Harvey (University of Leicester, United Kingdom), Mary Elizabeth Luka (York University, Canada), Jessalynn Keller (University of … Continue reading AoIR2016: Bending

AoIR2016: Forced migration and digital connectivity in(to) Europe – communicative infrastructures, regulations and media discourses

Mark Latonero (USC Annenberg School) spoke on they ways in which data is being collected around forced migration flows. Latonera is interested in the technologies that are being used to track and managed refugees' movements across borders. People were stopping at the short border between Serbia and Croatia for a variety of reasons, including to … Continue reading AoIR2016: Forced migration and digital connectivity in(to) Europe – communicative infrastructures, regulations and media discourses

AoIR2016: Censorship online, and the challenges of studying what’s no longer there

Tarleton Gillespie (Microsoft Research), Jillian York (Electronic Frontier Foundation), Sarah Myers West (University of Southern California), José van Dijck (Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences), Sarah Roberts (UCLA). Tarleton Gillespie opened, noting that most users never run into content moderation rules: they never confront what gets deleted or suspended, particularly not the details. Other … Continue reading AoIR2016: Censorship online, and the challenges of studying what’s no longer there

AoIR2016: Representation, presentation, embodiment/emplacement

Crystal Abidin (Anthropology & sociology, communication & media studies, University of Western Australia) talked about her research on 'Gross is the new like: allure, visceral camp, and carnivalesque commerce in grotesque microcelebrity'. Turner (2004) discusses celebrity's cultural shift towards the momentary, visual, and sensational. Marhsall (2010) argues that we're moving from representational media (where others manage … Continue reading AoIR2016: Representation, presentation, embodiment/emplacement