Month: November 2012

The Relevance of Algorithms

I’m really excited to share my new essay, “The Relevance of Algorithms,” with those of you who are interested in such things. It’s been a treat to get to think through the issues surrounding algorithms and their place in public culture and knowledge, with some of the  participants in Culture Digitally (here’s the full litany: Braun, Gillespie, Striphas, Thomas, […]

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The Materiality of Algorithms

One of the most exciting aspects of the new research analyzing algorithmic culture is the manner by which portions of that research are increasingly routing around the slow, painful process of traditional academic knowledge production. This is not to say that the credentialing process afforded by peer-reviewed journals or university presses is irrelevant, but it […]

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Desperation and Datalogix: Facebook Six Months after its IPO

Facebook began trading publicly on NASDAQ nearly six months ago, on May 18, 2012, at the initial offering price of $38 a share. Despite unprecedented anticipation and early trading volume, the company’s share price soon declined, and it currently hovers around the $19 mark. One of the reasons for this decline stems from an issue […]

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Announcement: Hector Postigo to give talk at MIT

Cultural Production and Social Media as Capture Platforms: How the Matrix Has You Location and Time: Comparative Media Studies (CMS) Program, MIT Cambridge, MA  E14-633. November 15th, 2012 at 5 pm.  Talk open to the public This presentation develops a theoretical framework (rooted in Science and Technology Studies) for understanding how, generally, social media’s technical […]

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