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Tarleton Gillespie

principal researcher, Microsoft Research, New England, part of the Social Media Collective

adjunct associate professor, Department of Communication,
Department of Information Science, Cornell University

author, Wired Shut: Copyright and the Shape of Digital Culture

editor, Media Technologies: Essays on Communication, Materiality, and Society
(with Pablo Boczkowski and Kirsten Foot)

co-founder of and blogger at Culture Digitally
(with Hector Postigo)

 

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My latest news

I've circulated drafts of two forthcoming essays grappling with questions of algorithms and public discourse. One is part of the Digital Keywords project, led by Ben Peters of the University of Oklahoma. my entry for the keyword "algorithm" is among the now twenty four entries, most of which are posted to Culture Digitally as drafts. The second is titled "#trendingistrending: when algorithms become culture" and will be part of a Routledge anthology Algorithmic Cultures: Essays on Meaning, Performance and New Technologies edited by Robert Seyfert and Jonathan Roberge. The pre-print is also posted to Culture Digitally.

I am proud to say that I am now a permanent researcher at Microsoft Research, New England, and have the joy to be a part of the impressive team of scholars that are the Social Media Collective. Cornell has generously allowed me to retain an adjunct position in the Department of Communication and the Department of Information Science, which is especially meaningful given the support and friendship that my colleagues there have always given me.

The anthology that I co-edited with Pablo Boczkowski and Kirsten Foot, is now available from MIT Press. It is called Media Technologies: Essays on Communication, Materiality, and Society. The introduction and my own chapter, "The Relevance of Algorithms" are available on Culture Digitally.