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

Digital atmospheres: affective practices of care in Elefriends

Fascinating article on care, affect and social media by Ian M Tucker and Lewis Goodings in Sociology of Health & Illness Vol. xx No. xx 2017 ISSN 0141-9889, pp. 1–14. “We find that the caring relations developed through social media … Continue reading

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Affect and Social Media 3.0 full programme for 25th May 2017

Here it is… the full programme. Affect and Social Media 3.0: Experience, Entanglement, Engagement (including the Sensorium Art Show) *Registration Now Open Date and time: Thurs May 25th 2017, 10am – 8.30pm Location: The University of East London, Dockland’s campus … Continue reading

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Affect and Social Media 3.0 – Registration Open!

Affect and Social Media 3.0: Experience, Entanglement, Engagement (including The Sensorium Art Show) Registration Now Open When: Thurs May 25th 2017, 10am – 8.30pm Where: The University of East London, Dockland’s campus (via Cyprus Station on the DLR) Keynotes: Jessica … Continue reading

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Digital Contagions and The Assemblage Brain Launch 7pm, 7th March (2017) at King’s College London in The Strand

Final shout on this one… Experiencing Digital Culture Please do join us (Jussi Parikka and Tony D Sampson) at King’s College London (The Strand) for a free event to celebrate the recent publication of these two books. Digital Contagions The … Continue reading

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Tap My Head, Mike My Brain: Experiencing Digital Culture

Originally posted on Machinology:
March 7th, Tuesday, we will be launching our new books with Tony Sampson in London. Tony’s wonderful study The Assemblage Brain and my Digital Contagions (2nd, revised edition with a new preface by Sean Cubitt that…

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Images, video and music from The Deadends

Highly recommend a trip to see Mikey Georgeson’s The Deadends (a celebration of a made-up culture) “experience” at Studio One Gallery in Wandsworth (a 10min walk from East Putney on the District Line). Open now weekends until 12th March. Here’s … Continue reading

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Brave New World: the pill-popping, social media obsessed dystopia we live in

Brave New World: the pill-popping, social media obsessed dystopia we live in Shutterstock Tony D Sampson, University of East London The Orwellian dystopia of Doublespeak is very much in vogue right now thanks to concerns over Trump’s use of “alternative … Continue reading

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