AoIR16 Day 3: Creating Knowledge and Design

The Creating Knowledge session opened with Julian Unkel and Alexander Haas' work on 'Credibility and Search Engines. The Effects of Source Reputation, Neutrality and Social Recommendations on the Selection of Search Engine Results.' Using a model of search engine results they added different credibility cues, including markers of the reputation of the source, neutrality of … Continue reading AoIR16 Day 3: Creating Knowledge and Design

Occupy Oakland and #oo: Uses of Twitter within the Occupy movement

The first paper from Tim Highfield and my Mapping Movements project is now out in First Monday: Social media have become crucial tools for political activists and protest movements, providing another channel for promoting messages and garnering support. Twitter, in particular, has been identified as a noteworthy medium for protests in countries including Iran and … Continue reading Occupy Oakland and #oo: Uses of Twitter within the Occupy movement

‘Compromised Data?’ Social media research: methodological challenges, unexamined niches, and the politics of big data

Today's presentations on big data research at Compromised Data? raised some important questions about the role that big data is playing in academic research and government policy, as well as about the methodological challenges faced by big data researchers. Greg Elmer's opening remarks positioned the 'compromised data?' theme in the broader context of neoliberal policies … Continue reading ‘Compromised Data?’ Social media research: methodological challenges, unexamined niches, and the politics of big data

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