DH Talk of the Town

 

Every weekend (if I have time, which is not always the case) I read news and essays on Digital Culture that I collected during the week, from various sources, trying to give them some perspective, The collection is idiosyncratic and highly personal, but not, I hope, without interests for the few readers of this blog.

[A slightly different Italian Version is published on Leggere, scrivere e far di conto]

Streaming videogames session, live or recorded (youtube), has become more and more popular in recent years. The phenomenon was described in the Guardian and The Conversation in 2014, and has been the topic of  a Master’s Thesis  at the University of Utrecht).

On the website in media res  there was an interdisciplinry discussion on Video Game Spectatorship (8-12 january 2018), with a number of short essays:.

In media res is one of the many experiments shaped by the Institute of the Future of the Book, a small think-and-do tank “investigating  the evolution of intellectual discourse as it shifts from printed pages to networked screens”. The idea behind it is to promote “collaborative, multi-modal forms of online scholarship”, thanks to a “more immediate critical engagement with media at a pace closer to how we experience mediated texts”.

The pieces, published every week, are  short video clip or visual image slideshow taken from the web and repurposed and contextualised (framed) through a a short impressionistic response by a curator (like in museums).

In other words, the distance, in time, between the vision and the critical analysis is almost non existent.

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Danah Boyd suggests we read Automating Inequality, a book of digital  anthropology that shows how a  deterministic and uncritical adoption of algorithmic decision-making tools to enable social services can make the situation worse.

On the same topic: Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy di Cathy O’Neil.

At Academic level one can read the Reading list on Critical Algorithm Studies published on the Social Media Collective Research Blog.

On Newspapers:

The topic of fake news, surely not new (as many panels in the recent MLA conference show), came back with a vengence with the advent of social media. The Poynter Institute published a guide.

And lets not forget the Around The World 2017  conference (KULE Institute) who addressed the role of Digital Media in a Post-Truth Era.

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I should also mention the publication of

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Call for Papers

International Conference for Electronic Publishing 2018: Deadline Extended to 31 January (#ELPUB2018).

Mathematics and Modern Literature, Manchester, 2018 (Deadline: 5th February 2018)

Multilingual Digital Authorship, Lancaster University, 8-9 March 2018 (Deadline: 2nd February 2018).

7th International Conference on Data Science, Technology and Applications, July 26 – 28, 2018, Porto – Portugal (Deadline: March 13, 2018)

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