Author Archives: Virality

About Virality

Tony D. Sampson is Reader in Digital Culture and Communications at the University of East London. A former musician, he studied computer technology and cultural theory before receiving a PhD in sociology from the University of Essex. His publications include The Spam Book, coedited with Jussi Parikka (Hampton Press, 2009), Virality: Contagion Theory in the Age of Networks (University of Minnesota Press, 2012), The Assemblage Brain: Sense Making in Neuroculture (University of Minnesota Press, 2016) and Affect and Social Media (Rowman and Littlefield, due 2018). He is organizer and host of the Affect and Social Media conferences in the UK, a co-founder of Club Critical Theory and Director of the EmotionUX Lab at UEL. He occasionally blogs at: https://viralcontagion.wordpress.com/ Full academic profile: https://www.uel.ac.uk/Staff/s/tony-sampson

Phase Media: space, time and the politics of smart objects by James Ash

Looks good! Phase Media: space, time and the politics of smart objects Bloomsbury Press, New York (2017) James Ash   In Phase Media, James Ash theorizes how smart objects, understood as Internet-connected and sensor-enabled devices, are altering users’ experience of their … Continue reading

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Self-Censorship on Facebook

More data science research from Facebook – this time looking at posts that are self-censored before being shared, so in the private domain (no such thing on social media, it seems) before posting to friends or public. Not, it says, … Continue reading

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The labour of academia: Ephemera volume 17, number 3

Timely interventions for current intensified situation here and I’m sure for others… The purpose of the contemporary university is being radically transformed by the encroachment of corporate imperatives into higher education. This has inevitable consequences for managerial interventions, ​​​funding structures, … Continue reading

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Oh I do like to be Beside the Seaside

Hope to see local people and other non-locals for a few drinks, guest talks and discussion at the Next Club Critical Theory free public event – this Fri 17th Nov upstairs at the Railway Hotel. 8pm start. Programme Club Critical … Continue reading

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Snapstreaks, group chats and ghosting: read receipts are changing the way we communicate…

Wonderful to see one of UEL’s Media and Communications final year undergrads published in Dazed last week. Nice coincidence that he asked to talk to me about this example of habit forming interaction design just as I was preparing to … Continue reading

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Video from “Empathies” Conference, 2017 at the University of Basel

Below is the blurb from SLSAeu (European Society of Literature, Science and the Arts) about their 2017 “Empathies” Conference video on Youtube, but there’s a bit of editorial fun going on that is not mentioned. “Coming to grips with the … Continue reading

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So, We Are All [digital] Addicts Now!

Some rather animated images from my talk at Central St Martins last night. This really was an interesting series of talks that made evident a concerning link between addiction and digital capitalism, and explored the potential for resistance from a … Continue reading

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