Social Media Research: When Epistemic Cultures Collide

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On June 17th the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (PNAS) published a paper, Experimental evidence of massive-scale emotional contagion through social networks, describing a large-scale experiment on Facebook carried out in 2012. The first…

Facebook “Dead and Buried” For Young?

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According to an article in the Guardian “Facebook is ‘dead and buried’ to older teenagers, an extensive European study has found, as the key age group moves on to Twitter, Instagram, WhatsApp and Snapchat”. The article…

Online Campaigning:  the Public Sphere and Eschatalogical Abuse

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I was asked last Summer to give a short presentation on my research into the use of social media in the Scottish referendum to the University’s Social Informatics group. The presentation last summer was postponed due…

Like I’m in the Twilight Zone

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Both the BBC and Guardian today reported a paper catchily titled “Private traits and attributes are predicatible from digital records of human behavior” by Kosinski, Stillwell and Graepel published in PNAS.  The BBC article summarises the…