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Tarleton Gillespie

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


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My latest news

The essay I co-authored with Kate Crawford, "What is a Flag For? Social Media Reporting Tools and the Vocabulary of Complaints" was accepted by New Media & Society and is already available on their site, due for publication later this year. Read the NM&S version, or the pre-print version if you don't have institutional access to the journal.

I'm exicted to be part of the Digital Keywords project, led by Ben Peters of the University of Oklahoma. About two dozen scholars are working on keyword entries for the contemporary study of new media; in the end we will have a collection ready for the 40th anniversary. Culture Digitally is hosting the drafts of these essays, for public comment; you can read my entry for the keyword "algorithm" and comment on all of the posted drafts.

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.

I am currently on leave from Cornell, so that I can enjoy a twelve-month Visiting Researcher stay with MIcrosoft Research, New England, and specifically with the impressive team of scholars that are the Social Media Collective. I will be here through the end of December, before returning to Ithaca. I am working on completing my book on social media platforms and their policies for Yale University Press, and further developing my research on the sociology of algortithms.