Month: December 2011

What’s in a social media?

I’m currently working on a book with my adviser, Serge Proulx (UQAM), and Lorna Heaton (UdeM) about social media, its challenge for ethics, research and communication.  And the last thing on my ‘to do’ list before Christmas break is to write the introduction for the book.  The funny thing is, I’ve been working on that […]

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Dismantling Change, Continued

In a previous post, I wrote about the organizational and institutional dynamics that shaped what happened to Obama’s “online army” in the years after the 2008 election.  I follow up on that post here, presenting in-progress work that addresses the transition from online campaigning to governance. A number of Obama’s former staffers whom I interviewed […]

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One of those Guild moments: Part One

[Cross-posted at Digital Culture at KCL] I’ve been in an online gaming guild for over ten years. My very first guild was in Dark Age of Camelot and across a few guilds in that virtual space we got to know a lot of people, who then joined the same guild when World of Warcraft was […]

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interview on NPR Morning Edition

A little self-promotion. NPR just ran their interview with me on “Morning Edition” — based on my Culture Digitally blog post that first addressed Twitter Trends: “Can an algorithm be wrong?”. You can hear the piece and read the transcript online. The piece does manage to hit the general point that algorithms like Twitter Trends make choices about […]

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The kerfuffle behind Carrier IQ

I’m trying to keep abreast of this whole Carrier IQ kerfuffle and it struck me.  What does this mean for a digital society?  Isn’t this, yet another, form of micro-surveillance that seems to be a reoccurring theme in our present day and age?  Is this a type of resistance that “new media” affords us?  And, is this […]

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