avatarTarleton Gillespie

Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research, New England; also an adjunct associate professor in the Department of Communication and Department of Information Science, at Cornell University. On Twitter at @TarletonG

tarleton@microsoft.com

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Facebook Trending: It’s made of people!! (but we should have already known that)

Gizmodo has released two important articles (1, 2) about the people who were hired to manage Facebook’s “Trending” list. The first reveals not only how Trending topics are selected and packaged on Facebook, but also the peculiar working conditions this team experienced, the lack of guidance or oversight they were provided, and the directives they […]

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CFP: Studying Social Media and Digital Infrastructures: a workshop-within-a-conference

part of the 50th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS-50) paper submission deadline: June 15, 2016, 11:59pm HST.    For fifty years, the Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS) has been a home for researchers in the information, computer, and system sciences (http://www.hicss.org/). The 50th anniversary event will be held January 4-7, 2017, […]

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#trendingistrending: when algorithms become culture

I wanted to share a new essay, “#Trendingistrending: When Algorithms Become Culture” that I’ve just completed for a forthcoming Routledge anthology called Algorithmic Cultures: Essays on Meaning, Performance and New Technologies, edited by Robert Seyfert and Jonathan Roberge. My aim is to focus on the various “trending algorithms” that populate social media platforms, consider what they do as a set, and then […]

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new articles from CD contributors!

Always nice when it finally makes it into print! Here are a few articles that have just come out, from people who have contributed to Culture Digitally.   Hector Postigo, The socio-technical architecture of digital labor: Converting play into YouTube money New Media & Society 2016; 18:332-349 Zizi Papacharissi, Affective publics and structures of storytelling: sentiment, […]

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