The platform metaphor, revisited

This is cross-posted from the HIIG Science Blog, and is part of a series on metaphors and digital society hosted by Christian Katzenbach and Stefan Larsson. I recommend the other essays as well: Nik John on sharing, Noam Tirosh on revolution, and Christian Djeffal on artificial intelligence.  Sometimes a metaphor settles into everyday use so comfortably, […]

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The Visual Rhetoric of Data Part 2: Political Maps and Infographics

“…maps give us, reality, a reality that exceeds our reach, our vision, the span of our days, a reality we achieve in no other way. ” So wrote Denis Wood when discussing how maps construct our reality (Wood, 2016). Maps are tools for knowing the world but also, ways of knowing it. They communicate what […]

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CFP: New Media & Society special issue — “Truth, facts, and fake: The shifting epistemologies of news in a digital age”

I’m pleased to announce the following call for papers for a special issue of New Media & Society, as well as a related online workshop. Submission information is at the bottom of the call, and inquiries may be directed to ekstrom.lewis.westlund@gmail.com. Truth, facts, and fake: The shifting epistemologies of news in a digital age Co-editors: Mats […]

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Book Announcement: (Not) Getting Paid to Do What You Love: Gender, Social Media, and Aspirational Work

Fashion bloggers and Instagrammers seem to enjoy a coveted lifestyle–one replete with international jet-setting, designer-comped fetes, and countless other caption-worthy moments. Yet the attention lavished on these so-called “influencers” draws attention away from a much larger class of social media content creators: those aspiring to “make it” amid a precarious, hyper-competitive creative economy. I tell […]

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The Visual Rhetoric of Data Part 1: Race, Class and Changes in Mortality Rates

In a recent publication from the Brookings Institute economists Anne Case and Angus Deaton presented data showing drastic changes in mortality rates among Americans of various ethnic, racial and educational backgrounds. (Case and Deaton 2017) Mortality rates among White non-Hispanic Americans with a high-school education or less were highlighted specifically in the paper. The research, […]

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