IR13 Sunday highlights: mobile ecologies, Instagram, disruptive spaces, teaching on Facebook…and a bit more activism

The day began with 'Mobile ecologies: mobile phones and young people's online participation in public access venues in Cape Town' from Marion Walton and Jonathan Donner. Walton started by saying that mobile Internet in South Africa doesn't, for the most part, mean smart phones, the Web, or Twitter: it means "feature phones", and probably platforms … Continue reading IR13 Sunday highlights: mobile ecologies, Instagram, disruptive spaces, teaching on Facebook…and a bit more activism

IR13 Saturday highlights: Jedward, Peppa Pig, Occupy, Occupy, more Occupy, Twitter, Twitter, and more Twitter

On Saturday there were four sessions, each of which had up to four papers in them. Even though I skipped the third session to drink coffee and debrief, it was a lot to digest. Happily there was a good mix of papers relevant to my research and papers not-at-all-relevant but interesting enough to help me … Continue reading IR13 Saturday highlights: Jedward, Peppa Pig, Occupy, Occupy, more Occupy, Twitter, Twitter, and more Twitter

IR13 Friday Session: Protest and Online Activism

There have been more talks here on activism than it's been physically possible for me to attend without splitting into two. Friday afternoon's session on protest and online activism began with a look at 'Protest and Internet humour memes in UK universities' from Gordon Fletcher, which was pleasantly LOL-heavy (even if I was missing the … Continue reading IR13 Friday Session: Protest and Online Activism

IR13 Plenaries: identity, humanity, affective news, and the department of shameless studies

This afternoon's session was a knockout. Liesbet Van Zoonen's keynote, 'From identity to fragmentation: fixating the fragmented self,' was brought together a heap of information which I was at least vaguely familiar with into new configurations, making important connections between the commodification of identity on social networking sites, the policing of identity by the state, … Continue reading IR13 Plenaries: identity, humanity, affective news, and the department of shameless studies

IR13 plenaries: Queercore, caravans, and porn

It was refreshing to begin the conference with plenary speakers bringing excellent feminist and queer analysis to bear on Internet Studies. Mary Gray, Larissa Hjorth, and Susanna Paasonen all posed challenges to the dominant focuses of Internet Studies. Gray questioned technology- (and particularly device-) centred approaches, and the accompanying focus on 'big data'. (I've also … Continue reading IR13 plenaries: Queercore, caravans, and porn

IR13 Preconference Workshop, The Internet, Mobile Media, and Journalism: Technologies of News in the 21st Century

This afternoon's workshop was a great start to the conference. It's always fun to sit in on workshops that are almost-but-not-quite my area, partly for the additional connections to my research, but also to spend some time learning about entirely new areas. Here are a few rather sketchy notes from today's session (these are as … Continue reading IR13 Preconference Workshop, The Internet, Mobile Media, and Journalism: Technologies of News in the 21st Century