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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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Programming Violence: Under a Progressive Surface, Facebook’s Software Misgenders Users

  Almost two years ago, Facebook waved the rainbow flag and metaphorically opened its doors to all of the folks who identify outside of the gender binary. Before Facebook announced this change in February of 2014, users were only able to select ‘male’ or ‘female.’ Suddenly, with this software modification, users could choose a ‘custom’ […]

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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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Working it at Fashion Week

Last week was New York Fashion week, and the Kardashian sisters were there in force. After juggling interviews, runway walks, and Uber filled traffic jams, all five managed to descend upon the Apple store to promote their new apps, which, according to The Cut blog of New York Magazine, featured “videos, photos, and musings from […]

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Should universities be more like businesses? Some businesses are learning to be more like universities

We hear a lot about how universities need to behave more like businesses.  Controversies at the universities of Virginia, Wisconsin, and now Iowa, where I teach, have pitted conservative, business-friendly outsiders against university faculty and administration.  The university is not sustainable, the critics say: it needs to get with the times. There is something deeply […]

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