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

AoIR 2016: fakes

Images of protest in contested social media: Production, propagation, and narratives Luca Rossi, Christina Neumayer, Julie Vulpius.  IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark. This paper discussed the social media campaign around the Blockupy protests in Frankfurt, which was marked by the co-presence of #blockupy, #destroika, and #notroika hashtags. Researchers differentiated between images of explicit violence (for … Continue reading AoIR 2016: fakes