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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), Affect and Social Media (Rowman and Littlefield, July 2018) and The Sleepwalker's Guide to Social Media (due 2020 with Polity Press). Tony is the organizer and host of the Affect and Social Media conferences in the UK (see archive on this blog). As a co-founder and co-director of the public engagement initiatives, Club Critical Theory (CCT) and the Cultural Engine Research Group (CERG), Tony has been project lead on a number of funded projects that bring impactful critical theories into the community and local political sphere to approach. These activities have included large conferences, symposia and informal lectures/workshops in pubs and community centres, co-organized with community groups and local authorities. Tony occasionally blogs at: https://viralcontagion.wordpress.com/ Full academic profile: https://www.uel.ac.uk/Staff/s/tony-sampson

A Short Video Guide to Social Media Sleepwalkers

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A User’s Guide to the Sleepwalker video

And a video to go with the new book 🙂. Thanks to Mikey Vessel Georgeson for aesthetic diagrams and images of his Somnambulist performance at the Affect Summer School last summer. A really big thanks to John Leo Dutton who … Continue reading

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Third call for A&SM#4.5

While we wait for Covid-19 to do its dreadful thing Before we can meet safely at the University of East London for A&SM#5 (https://viralcontagion.blog/asm5-summer-2020/) Affect & Social Media#4.5 and Sensorium Art Show present: Media Virality and the Lockdown Aesthetic Call … Continue reading

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A Sleepwalker’s Guide to Social Media released!

Although set for a July release in the UK, I’m told a print version is on its way to me this week! There’s also a link to the book on the Polity website. http://politybooks.com/bookdetail/?isbn=9781509537402 Buy it for no other reason … Continue reading

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Affect & Social Media#4.5 cfp DEADLINE EXTENDED – June 12th 2020

While we wait for Covid-19 to do its dreadful thing Before we can meet safely at the University of East London for A&SM#5 (https://viralcontagion.blog/asm5-summer-2020/) Affect & Social Media#4.5 and Sensorium Art Show present: Media Virality and the Lockdown Aesthetic Call … Continue reading

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Virality, Covid-19, and the Lockdown Aesthetic

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During the Covid-19 lockdown I have been asked by my university to do a brief video presentation on the relation between my virality thesis and recent events. Lockdown aesthetic due in part to recording on a…

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Virality, Covid-19, and the Lockdown Aesthetic

During the Covid-19 lockdown I have been asked by my university to do a brief video presentation on the relation between my virality thesis and recent events. Lockdown aesthetic due in part to recording on a laptop using free editing … Continue reading

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Emotion in the Digital Age: Technologies, Data and Psychosocial Life

Emotion in the Digital Age: Technologies, Data and Psychosocial Life (Routledge Studies in Science, Technology and Society) Hardcover – 30 Sept. 2020 A new wonderful book by my good friends and colleagues Darren Ellis and Ian Tucker. Order expensive hardcopy … Continue reading

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Is it possible; a sensible life?

Fall Semester Is it possible; a sensible life? A question addressed in various ways by a number of writers, including Zairong Xiang Tony D. Sampson + Jussi Parikka Benjamin H. Bratton Catherine Malabou Leonardo Caffo Peter Singer + Michael Plant … Continue reading

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English version of Les logiques nouvelles des mĂ©dias viraux published

An English version of our article, Les logiques nouvelles des mĂ©dias viraux, was published yesterday with Duke University’s Boundary 2 interventions. The New Logics of Viral Media Tony D. Sampson and Jussi Parikka — Up until recently, work on a … Continue reading

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