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Media Anthropology
social and cultural implications and impacts of new technologies
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SCHICKSAL Ein Soziologe sagt, er könne mit seinem Computerprogramm noch vor der Geburt eines Menschen herausfinden, ob der einmal straffällig wird. Wie weit lassen wir uns berechnen?: Er wird, er w...

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Precogs aus Minority Report schon unterwegs: Computer prognistiziert Verbrechen. - TAZ-Artikel vom 24.10.2015. Nicht mehr neu, aber immer noch gut.

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Studying User Income through Language, Behaviour and Affect in Social Media

Studying User Income through Language, Behaviour and Affect in Social Media | Media Anthropology | Scoop.it
Automatically inferring user demographics from social media posts is useful for both social science research and a range of downstream applications in marketing and politics. We present the first extensive study where user behaviour on Twitter is used to build a predictive model of income. We apply non-linear methods for regression, i.e. Gaussian Processes, achieving strong correlation between predicted and actual user income. This allows us to shed light on the factors that characterise income
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Social Media as public data mining stores - a scientific example of how to guess your income from your tweets.

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Postemotional Society - Stjepan Mestrovic - Google Livres

Postemotional Society - Stjepan Mestrovic - Google Livres | Media Anthropology | Scoop.it
With a foreword by David Riesman, author of The Lonely Crowd. Introducing a new term to the sociological lexicon: 'postemotionalism', Stjepan Mestrovic argues that the focus of postmodernism has been on knowledge and information, and he demonstrates how the emotions in mass industrial societies have been neglected to devastating effect. Using contempoary examples, the author shows how emotion has become increasingly separated from action; how - in a world of disjointed and synthetic emotions - social solidarity has become more problematic; and how compassion fatigue has increasingly replaced political commitment and responsibility. Mestrovic discusses the relation between knowledge and the emotions in thinkers as diverse as Durkheim and Baudrillard. This stimulating and provocative work concludes with a discussion of the postemotional society, where peer groups replace the government as the means of social control.
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Debate on #postmodernism extended to decay of emotionality - an insightful perspective on the influence of #massmedia and #socialmedia

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Tell Everyone by Alfred Hermida | PenguinRandomHouse.com

Tell Everyone by Alfred Hermida | PenguinRandomHouse.com | Media Anthropology | Scoop.it
Social media is fuelling our human urge to share, affecting the information we depend on to make smart decisions, from choosing politicians to doing business to raising money for charity. Tell Everyone...
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A monography on the logic of sharing in social networks

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When social media isn’t social: Friends’ responsiveness to narcissists on Facebook

When social media isn’t social: Friends’ responsiveness to narcissists on Facebook | Media Anthropology | Scoop.it
doi:10.1016/j.paid.2014.12.056
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Empirical psychological #study of University of Wisconsin says that #narcissist behavior on #fb has not the positive impact as we might have thought.

 

Abstract of Article:

Narcissists are characterized by a desire to show off and to obtain external validation from others. Research has shown that narcissists are particularly attracted to Facebook, because it allows them to self-promote. But do they receive the attention they crave on Facebook? This study examined Friends’ responsiveness (operationalized as number of comments and “likes”) to Facebook users’ status updates, as a function of the latter’s narcissism. Undergraduates (N = 155) filled out a narcissism scale and offered us access to their profiles, from which we extracted indicators of Friends’ responsiveness. Results show that individuals high in narcissism were less likely to receive comments and “likes” in response to their status updates than individuals low in narcissism. This effect was driven by exploitativeness and entitlement, two components of narcissism. The findings extend understanding of narcissists’ social interactions, an understudied topic, and elucidate some of the psychological factors that drive Facebook interaction.

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Smartphone Use, Addiction, Narcissism, and Personality: A Mixed Methods Investigation: Social Science Journal Article | IGI Global

Smartphone Use, Addiction, Narcissism, and Personality: A Mixed Methods Investigation: Social Science Journal Article | IGI Global | Media Anthropology | Scoop.it
There are increasing numbers of people who are now using smartphones. Consequently, there is a risk of addiction to certain web applications such as social networking sites (SNSs) which are easily accessible via smartphones. There is also the risk of an increase in narcissism amongst users of SNSs. The present study set out to investigate the relationship between smartphone use, narcissistic tendencies and personality as predictors of smartphone addiction. The study also aimed to investigate the distinction between addiction specificity and co-occurrence in smartphone addiction via qualitative data and discover why people continue to use smartphones in banned areas. A self-selected sample of 256 smartphone users (Mean age = 29.2, SD = 9.49) completed an online survey. The results revealed that 13.3% of the sample was classified as addicted to smartphones. Higher narcissism scores and neuroticism levels were linked to addiction. Three themes of social relations, smartphone dependence and self-serving personalities emerged from the qualitative data. Interpretation of qualitative data supports addiction specificity of the smartphone. It is suggested smartphones encourage narcissism, even in non-narcissistic users. In turn, this increased use in banned areas. Future research needs to gather more in-depth qualitative data, addiction scale comparisons and comparison of use with and without SNS access. It is advised that prospective buyers of smartphones be pre-warned of the potential addictive properties of new technology.
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At SRH University we are currently researching the influence of habitual use of social media on personality traits and social behavior of Gen Y users. Prof. Hussains research shows closely interrelated facts.

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Social Movements and Governments in the Digital Age: Evaluating a Complex Landscape - JIA SIPA

Social Movements and Governments in the Digital Age: Evaluating a Complex Landscape - JIA SIPA | Media Anthropology | Scoop.it
This article examines the multiple ways in which social media both empowers new digitally-fueled movements and contributes to their apparent weaknesses.
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Scientific article on how social media influence social movements.

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We Know How You Feel

We Know How You Feel | Media Anthropology | Scoop.it
Computers are learning to read emotion, and the business world can’t wait.
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How software and computers read human emotions - and about the commercial impacts.

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Social Media and the Cost of Caring

Social Media and the Cost of Caring | Media Anthropology | Scoop.it
Frequent use of social media is not directly related to higher stress. But stress can be contagious through social media channels: Social media users are often more aware of the stressful events in others' lives, and this awareness itself can lead to higher stress.
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Empirical #research of PEW about #socialmedia #psychology effects on users http://www.pewinternet.org/files/2015/01/PI_Social-media-and-stress_0115151.pdf ;… via @smwatchblog

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Using Social Media For Large Behavioral Studies Is Fast and Cheap, But Fraught With Biases and Distortion-Carnegie Mellon News - Carnegie Mellon University

Using Social Media For Large Behavioral Studies Is Fast and Cheap, But Fraught With Biases and Distortion-Carnegie Mellon News - Carnegie Mellon University | Media Anthropology | Scoop.it
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... and the press release of Carnegie Mellon University concerning the misleading effect of using social media data for empirical research.

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Der natürliche Feind der Forscher: Social-Media-Daten

Der natürliche Feind der Forscher: Social-Media-Daten | Media Anthropology | Scoop.it
Wissenschaftler der Carnegie Mellon University haben herausgefunden, dass Datenauswertungen aus Social-Media-Portalen wie Facebook, Twitter, Google+ und Co. für die Forschung große Interpretationsrisiken bergen, und weisen darauf hin, dass diese Portale keinen Spiegel der Gesamtgesellschaft darstellen
Andreas König's insight:

Empirische Daten aus Social Media sind für Medienforscher verführerisch, weil abundant und tief - aber verzerrt und kaum wirklich interpretierbar - sagt eine Studie der Carnegie-Mellon-Universität.

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Netnography: A New Age for Ethnography? - B2B International

Netnography: A New Age for Ethnography? - B2B International | Media Anthropology | Scoop.it
As technology enables us to gather more information about online behaviours, netnography is becoming an increasingly attractive tool for B2B research.
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Media anthropology in its business sense: how digital real life data can be/come useful and meaningful as big data for b2b

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Cyborg - Jean-Michel Besnier est l'invité de Raphaël Enthoven dans "Philosophie"

Cyborg - Jean-Michel Besnier est l'invité de Raphaël Enthoven dans "Philosophie" | Media Anthropology | Scoop.it
La robotique peut-elle "améliorer" notre corps, et le vivant incorporer du mécanique ? Avec Jean-Michel Besnier.
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Interview (von 2012) des französischen Philosophen Jean Michel Besnier über Cyborgs und Utopie.

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Macht und Monopole der sozialen Massenmedien | n.n. -- notes & nodes on society, technology and the space of the possible, by felix stalder

Macht und Monopole der sozialen Massenmedien | n.n. -- notes & nodes on society, technology and the space of the possible, by felix stalder | Media Anthropology | Scoop.it
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Kapitalismus-und medienkritische Sicht auf die neuen sozialen Massenmedien. Leider in der Vollversion bei der Zeitschrift Kurswechsel 03/2015 hier angezeigt:

http://www.beigewum.at/kurswechsel/jahresprogramm-2015/heft-32015-medien-im-strukturwandel-der-offentlichkeit/

aber nicht als Volltext verfügabr. Schade.

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Gamevironment - new journal in media anthropology of games

Gamevironment - new journal in media anthropology of games | Media Anthropology | Scoop.it
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New journal in anthropology of media, hosted by German University of Bremen, highlighting the intersection of cultural and religious socialization!

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[1509.00459v1] Visualizing signatures of human activity in cities across the globe

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Extremely interesting short paper on the structure of cities by smartphone usage: Visualizing signatures of human activity in cities across the globe: http://arxiv.org/abs/1509.00459v1#bigdata ;…

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The amplification of risk in experimental diffusion chains

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Kommunikation sozialer Netze zeigt "stille Post-Effekt" - und neigt dazu, die Effekte neuer Ereignisse zu übertreiben. So eine Studie des MPI Berlin u.a.

Rezension des Artikels ist hier:

http://phys.org/news/2015-04-social-networks-exaggerating-news-events.html

Artikel ist hier:

http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2015/04/14/1421883112.full.pdf?with-ds=yes

via @smwatchblog

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The Rise of the Cryptopticon

The Rise of the Cryptopticon | Media Anthropology | Scoop.it
Unlike Bentham’s Panopticon, the Cryptopticon is not supposed to be intrusive or obvious. Its scale, its ubiquity, even its very existence, are supposed to go unnoticed.
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In a from of literary criticism Siva Vaidhyanathan deploys his view on new forms of digital expolitation and the end of privacy that he calls not panopticon but cryptopticon.

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How Facebook Is Changing the Way We Mourn

How Facebook Is Changing the Way We Mourn | Media Anthropology | Scoop.it
I woke up last Thursday to sad news in my Facebook feed. Oliver Sacks, a neurologist and prolific author whose work I had admired for years, had announced his own impending death in the New York Times. Few writers have accounted for the fragility of human life more richly, eloquently,...
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The admired author Oliver Sacks writes about his illness and immiment death - and the commentaries shed a light on how we deal with / write about our feelings in facebooked times.

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Hate Yik Yak And Anonymous Gossip Sites All You Want, But They Won't Go Away

Hate Yik Yak And Anonymous Gossip Sites All You Want, But They Won't Go Away | Media Anthropology | Scoop.it
While 2014 appeared to be the year of Yik Yak on college campuses, the existence of anonymous online gossip forums is far from a new dilemma for universities. For the better part of a decade -- since the rise of JuicyCampus in 2007, and the series of...
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#Socialmedia tools userd for gossiping and how they change social behavior #mediaanthropology

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Computer-based personality judgments are more accurate than those made by humans

Computer-based personality judgments are more accurate than those made by humans | Media Anthropology | Scoop.it
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#socialmedia users' personality is better known by #facebook than everyone else, says research of Cambridge & Stanford University.

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How Facebook removes your humanity

How Facebook removes your humanity | Media Anthropology | Scoop.it
If social media seems unfeeling, it's our own fault.
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Facebook lets its algorythms rearrange user's memories - and feelings. Big data and marketing do not even stop in front of death and mourning, because the logic of the algorythm does not recognize what is essentially human.

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Press Release: Carnegie Mellon Researchers Investigate How Information Shared Via Online Social Networks Can Lead to Hiring Discrimination-Carnegie Mellon News - Carnegie Mellon University

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon Researchers Investigate How Information Shared Via Online Social Networks Can Lead to Hiring Discrimination-Carnegie Mellon News - Carnegie Mellon University | Media Anthropology | Scoop.it
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more research about social media and their impact on social life, e.g. decision making in recruitung

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Help the world's oldest tribe go digital

Help the world's oldest tribe go digital | Media Anthropology | Scoop.it
N/haokxa, Kgao, /ui and #Oma are Ju/'hoansi, members of one of the oldest tribes in the world. For decades, outsiders have researched and filmed them. Now they want to turn it around, make their own films and carry their culture into the 21st century
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A fundraising project for supporting media literacy of San-people in Namibia. Currently I am trying to figure out the authenticity of the call. Seems very interesting in terms of developing media comeptency where it is needed...

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List of fictional anthropologists - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

List of fictional anthropologists

Fictional anthropologists appear in novels, short stories, comics, movies, and radio and television series. The following list excludes characters designated as exclusively archaeologists. Dr. Zachary Uriah "Zack" Addy (Zack Addy) is a forensic anthropologist in the television series, Bones. He is portrayed by Eric Millegan.

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Wikipedia presents "fictional anthropologists": the intersection of telling stories, mixing facts and fictions and media with science. Like it :-)

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