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Geert Lovink on Wed, 31 Aug 2011 08:01:27 +0200 (CEST)

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[Nettime-nl] 2 lezingen bij opening van het academisch jaar bij nieuwe media (uva)

Festive Opening of the 2011 New Media Season University of Amsterdam
Thursday, 1 September 2011 15.15 hrs (3:15pm)

Universiteitstheater, Nieuwe Doelenstraat 16, room 3.01

Mapping Online Publics: Researching the Uses of Twitter by Axel Bruns (QUT)

As the use of Twitter has become more commonplace throughout many nations, its role in public discussion has also increased. This has been evident in contexts ranging from political discussion through commentary on sporting and entertainment events to the coverage of natural disasters. Research into the use of Twitter in such contexts has also developed rapidly, aided by substantial advancements in quantitative and qualitative methodologies for capturing, processing, analysing, and visualising Twitter updates by large groups of users. Recent work has especially highlighted the role of the Twitter hashtag – a short keyword, prefixed with the hash symbol ‘#’ – as a means of coordinating a distributed discussion between more or less large groups of users, who do not need to be connected through existing ‘follower’ networks. For humanities and social sciences researchers interested in studying public communication through social media, this means that we face the challenge of developing new tools and methodologies for processing and analysing these potentially very large sets of data derived from Twitter. This talk presents outcomes from the Mapping Online Publics research project at Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia (http://mappingonlinepublics.net/ ).


Dr Axel Bruns is an Associate Professor in the Creative Industries Faculty at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia. He is a Chief Investigator in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation (CCi), and has been a Senior Researcher in the Smart Services Cooperative Research Centre. Bruns is the author of Blogs, Wikipedia, Second Life and Beyond: From Production to Produsage (2008) and Gatewatching: Collaborative Online News Production (2005), and the editor of Uses of Blogs with Joanne Jacobs (2006; all released by Peter Lang, New York). His Website is at http://snurb.info/ . Bruns’s current work focusses especially on the development of new research methods for the study of social media at scale and in close to real time – more information is available at http://mappingonlinepublics.net/ .


Dissecting Database Cinema: Politics, Methodology, and Media Visualization by Elizabeth Losh (UCSD)

Opening lecture of the new media practices course, new media MA program, Mediastudies (UvA)

University Library (UB), Doelenzaal, Singel 425, Amsterdam on Monday September 5, 2011, 4.00-5.30 PM

Criticism of “database cinema” originally focused on avant-garde video art practices generated by creative professionals for gallery audiences. With the rise of user-generated content and social media, media studies scholarship came to emphasize the importance of “fan remix” and “citizen remix” in the domain of vernacular video. Often these amateur remixes made possible by access to free or inexpensive tools for recording, editing, compositing, aggregating, and distributing digital video were naively celebrated as examples of democratic leveling. Now that the remix aesthetic has been appropriated by the same institutions that deploy one-to-many mass media, new theories of remix are needed to explain contemporary advertising, government propaganda, and television news. Elizabeth Losh will present media visualizations produced in collaboration with Lev Manovich’s Software Studies lab and discuss recent examples of the politics of database cinema that range from pop music remixes commemorating the Arab Spring to Al Jazeera broadcasts that incorporate U.S. “Gov 2.0” public diplomacy campaigns.


Elizabeth Losh is the author of Virtualpolitik: An Electronic History of Government Media-Making in a Time of War, Scandal, Disaster, Miscommunication, and Mistakes and the Director of the Culture, Art, and Technology program at Sixth College at U.C. San Diego. She writes about institutions as digital content-creators, the discourses of the "virtual state," the media literacy of policy makers and authority figures, and the rhetoric surrounding regulatory attempts to limit everyday digital practices. She has published articles about videogames for the military and emergency first-responders, government websites and YouTube channels, state-funded distance learning efforts, national digital libraries, the digital humanities, political blogging, and congressional hearings on the Internet. She is also the author of the forthcoming book The War on Learning and co-author of the forthcoming Understanding Rhetoric: A Graphic Guide to Composition.

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