Fall Travel 2018

Working away on Book Two! A few trips this fall:

October 10-13: AOIR in Montreal; participating in the Early Career workshop and presenting on a great panel on disinfo featuring me, Sam Woolley, Francesca Tripodi and Caroline Jack

October 17: On the Science of Disinformation panel at the Harvard Data Science Initiative conference, Boston, MA.

October 27-28: Locked out of Social Platforms: An iCS Symposium on Challenges to Studying Disinformation (IT University, Copenhagen, Denmark) – keynote

November 2: “My Mother Was a Computer”: Legacies of Gender and Technology” digital humanities symposium at William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA

New Paper: Why do people share fake news?

I’m really proud of this paper. It’s my attempt to further a new model of media effects that takes into account active audiences, media messages, and technological affordances. I focus on conservative audiences for fake news as a case study.

Basically: People share fake news because it furthers partisan narratives that are promoted by mainstream (mostly) conservative media and expresses personal and political identity.

Findings:

  • Most fake news isn’t political, but sensational. Still more is created to be polysemic and appeal to people across the political spectrum in order to increase viewership (and therefore money).
  • Conservative fake news doesn’t exist in a vacuum. Much of it builds on “deep stories” that have been present on Fox News for decades.
  • The mainstream media (NYTimes, WaPo, etc.) is tied to an elite, liberal identity. Part of this is due to years of conservative media promoting the idea that urban elites look Continue reading "New Paper: Why do people share fake news?"

Travel updates 2018

I’m trying to keep my travel schedule fairly light so I can finish the book, but here’s what’s coming up:

  • June 29- July 1: CSST Decennial Sociotech Futures Symposium – Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Two personal trips to NYC in July, one including a dissertation defense 🙂
  • October 10-13: AOIR in Montreal; participating in the Early Career workshop and presenting on a great panel on disinfo featuring me, Sam Woolley, Francesca Tripodi and Caroline Jack
  • October 27-28: Locked out of Social Platforms: An iCS Symposium on Challenges to Studying Disinformation (IT University, Copenhagen, Denmark) – keynote
  • November 2: “My Mother Was a Computer”: Legacies of Gender and Technology” digital humanities symposium at William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA