Author Archives: Virality

About Virality

Tony D. Sampson is Reader in Digital Culture and Communications at the University of East London. He has a PhD in social-cultural-digital contagion theory from the Sociology Department at the University of Essex. He is a former art student who re-entered higher education in the UK as a mature student in the mid-1990s after a long stint as a gigging musician. His career in education has moved through various disciplines and departments, including a maths and computing faculty, sociology department and school of digital media and design His publications include The Spam Book, coedited with Jussi Parikka (Hampton Press, 2009), Virality: Contagion Theory in the Age of Networks (University of Minnesota Press, 2012), The Assemblage Brain: Sense Making in Neuroculture (University of Minnesota Press, 2016) and Affect and Social Media (Rowman and Littlefield, July 2018). He is organizer and host of the Affect and Social Media conferences in the UK. As a co-founder and co-director of the public engagement initiatives, Club Critical Theory (CCT) and the Cultural Engine Research Group (CERG), Sampson has developed a number of funded research projects and public events that aim to bring impactful critical theories into the community and local political sphere to approach a series of local challenges. These activities have included large conferences co-organized with local authorities looking at a range of policies relating to the revitalization of the Essex costal region, developments in the cultural industries as well as a series of community focused events on food cultures and policy, collaborations with arts groups and informal lectures/workshops in pubs and community centres. Director of the EmotionUX Lab at UEL. He occasionally blogs at: https://viralcontagion.wordpress.com/ Full academic profile: https://www.uel.ac.uk/Staff/s/tony-sampson

Affects, Interfaces, Events Programme

After all the excitement of the wonderful Capacious Conference in Lancaster PA earlier this month I’m now preparing to head off for AIE in Aarhus next week. Here’s the blurb… “The proliferation of digital and interactive technologies in most aspects … Continue reading

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Why can’t social media delete race hate?

Interesting (and concerning) interview with YouTube spokesperson yesterday on BBC Radio. Seems some far right race hate material is still online a year after notification unlike IS type propaganda and “radicalization” videos that are taken down in a matter of … Continue reading

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Affect and Social Media book published today!

Very pleased to say that our new A&SM book is published today. See the reviews and contents below… Don’t forget to take part in our A&SM#4 conference and book launch in Nov (information and cfp here) The book will also … Continue reading

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Venue for A&SM#4

So this is part of the venue for A&SM#4 – the main lecture theatre in the USS building in Stratford, east London. I was there last week doing this related talk on the A&SM project, conferences and book in the … Continue reading

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Affect and Social Media#4 cfp deadline 15th Sept 2018

Happy to say that we’ve already received a few very good looking submissions for the A&SM#4: Notifications from Technological Nonconscious conference. There’s a full cfp (deadline 15th Sept) plus updated information on the conference on this page of the Virality … Continue reading

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A&SM#4: Addicting Theme

Picking up on one of the themes for A&SM#4 Notifications from the Technological Unconscious here’s an article from the Guardian yesterday on the first NHS internet addiction clinic. Henrietta Bowden-Jones was one the speakers at the AWAAN symposium at Central … Continue reading

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Internet Addiction watch “Are We All Addicts Now? Video

This topic has been getting a lot of TV/Press coverage here in the UK. Here’s a video of a symposium discussing artistic resistance, critical theory strategies to ‘internet addiction’ and the book Are We All Addicts Now? Convened at Central … Continue reading

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