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Affordances, technical agency, and the politics of technologies of cultural production

a dialogue between Gina Neff, Tim Jordan, and Joshua McVeigh-Schulz   (This is the first of Culture Digitally’s “dialogues.” Spurred first by comments by Gina Neff at the March 2011 workshop, and then by one of her blogposts, I asked if we could use an excerpt of that post as the opening salvo in a dialogue about […]

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interview on NPR Morning Edition

A little self-promotion. NPR just ran their interview with me on “Morning Edition” — based on my Culture Digitally blog post that first addressed Twitter Trends: “Can an algorithm be wrong?”. You can hear the piece and read the transcript online. The piece does manage to hit the general point that algorithms like Twitter Trends make choices about […]

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Upcoming conference on the “nonhuman turn”

Considering some of the interests of this group, and the “dialogue” on tehcnical agency between Gina Neff, Tim Jordan, and Josh McVeigh-Schultz (that will be published here soon, I promise!), this conference call looked particularly interesting. The Nonhuman Turn in 21st Century Studies May 3-5, 2012 Center for 21st Century Studies, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee […]

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Can an algorithm be wrong? Twitter Trends, the specter of censorship, and our faith in the algorithms around us

The interesting question is not whether Twitter is censoring its Trends list. The interesting question is, what do we think the Trends list is, what it represents and how it works, that we can presume to hold it accountable when we think it is “wrong?” What are these algorithms, and what do we want them to be? […]

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