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Announcement: New anthology on media technologies, bringing together STS and Communication perspectives Feb 20, 2014

I’m thrilled to announce that our anthology, Media Technologies: Essays on Communication, Materiality, and Society, edited by myself and Pablo Boczkowski and Kirsten Foot, is now officially available from MIT Press. Contributors include Geoffrey Bowker, Finn Brunton, Gabriella Coleman, Gregory Downey, Steven Jackson, Christopher Kelty, Leah Lievrouw, … Continue reading

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Reveal a little to hide a lot: Acxiom’s consumer data portal Oct 8, 2013

In early September 2013 the consumer marketing data company Acxiom unveiled a new website: AboutTheData.com. The site is billed as a resource for consumers seeking answers to “questions about the data that fuels marketing” and has been received by some … Continue reading

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Tumblr, NSFW porn blogging, and the challenge of checkpoints Jul 26, 2013

After Yahoo’s high-profile purchase of Tumblr, when Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer said that she would “promise not to screw it up,” this is probably not what she had in mind. Devoted users of Tumblr have been watching closely, worried that the cool, web 2.0 image … Continue reading

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We are what we tweet: The Problem with a Big Data World when Everything You Say is Data Mined Jun 3, 2013

This post was written by: Fenwick McKelvey, Matthew Tiessen & Luke Simcoe Are we living in a simulated “reality”? Although a work of science fiction from 1964, the book Simulacron-3 asks a question relevant to our digitally-enabled world. The city … Continue reading

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Big Data and journalism: a call for papers May 16, 2013

Big Data, in the broadest sense, has become a rich site of research interest across the scholarly disciplines. I’m happy to share with the Culture Digitally community this call for papers for a special issue of Digital Journalism that I’m … Continue reading

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