Algorithms, social media, and HRC’s defeat.

In her concession speech, Hillary Clinton indirectly thanked “secret, private” Facebook support groups like Pantsuit Nation. (see for example Endgadget). This was a rather backhanded compliment: she added ‘I want everybody to come out from behind that and make sure your voices are heard’. An article in Vox subsequently explained about Pantsuit Nation: “the group…

Redler’s List

Hannah Redler, speaking at Inter/sections last week, listed what she sees as the 15 most significant works of digital art in the last 20 years. A useful reference. Her list was: 1. 1993: Telematic Vision by Paul Sermon. 2. 1994: Resonance of 4 by Toshio Iwai. 3. 1998: System Maintenance by Perry Hoberman . 4.…

Serious reading

The Maugham Library at Kings College has an exhibition of some of its rare books, including an early edition of Holinshed’s Chronicles, so well known to all students of Shakespeare. But known by name only, in most cases. According to the Catalogue this is Denham’s edition of 1587. We all know Shakespeare used Holinshed, but…

Unfortunate Signs 6: meaningful surnames.

We all know the scene. The conference is three quarters over, the table originally strewn with name tags waiting for the delegates, now carries only a few: those who did not turn up. I am always drawn to read these. At the recent EVA 2016 conference, I found this prize specimen. LinkedIn has 20 or…

Acxiom comes clean

http://www.acxiom.co.uk/about-acxiom/privacy/uk-privacy-policy/ “Individuals wishing to inquire about our policies, to access or correct their personal data, or withdraw consent should contact Acxiom by writing to us at Consumer Services department, Acxiom Ltd, 17 Hatfields, London, SE1 8DJ or by calling 020 7526 5100 or by emailing us at ukconsumerservices@acxiom.com” email sent 3 June 1148: “I see…

Political turbulence and social media

Professor Helen Margetts from Oxford Internet Institute spoke to the OECD this week about her recent research (see her new book.) Looking at political movements around Europe, why is everything kicking off everywhere? Is this due to use of social media? There is little hard evidence, but lots of anecdotes. However, new sources of data…