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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

Corona Virus headlines in The UK today

A crazy day in the UK today!

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The news is spreading…

Alex Webb’s article is now in the Washington Post Your Instagram Exposes You to Coronavirus Contagion

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Sleepwalker Contagion Theory on Bloomberg

Your Instagram Exposes You to Coronavirus Contagion. With the spreading outbreak, social media is taking social contagion to new extremes By Alex Webb 9 March 2020, 06:00 GMT See orginal text on Bloomberg here: https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2020-03-09/coronavirus-contagion-your-facebook-feed-is-feeding-the-hysteria (Bloomberg Opinion) — You may … Continue reading

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A Sleepwalker’s Guide to Social Media

WAKE UP DONNIE! This is a targeted ad. Sleepwalk your way to Barnes and Noble. Purchase your pre-order copy. Pass on this message to your lookalikes. WAKE UP DONNIE! This is a targeted ad. Sleepwalk your way to Barnes and … Continue reading

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A&SM#5/Sensorium registration open, full programme published

The organisers of the 5th Affect and Social Media/Sensorium Conference and Art Show (25-26th June 2020) are very pleased to announce that registration is now open. The confirmed full programme for A&SM#5 MORE-THAN is published here: https://viralcontagion.blog/asm5-summer-2020/ There is also … Continue reading

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Visit to BrainCulture Lab in April

The BrainCultures Lab at Duke looks like a fascinating project. Website still a wip. All going to plan, I’ll be visiting to talk and debate the assemblage brain with them in mid April. https://sites.duke.edu/braincultures/   Here’s the blurb… The BrainCultures … Continue reading

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A&SM#5/CfP Closed/Registration Open

A&SM#5 International Conference and Sensorium Art Show 25-26th June 2020 University of East London, Stratford Venue USS Building. Registration Now Open Link to Registration: £20, Concessions £10, free for UEL staff and students: Programme Confirmed Keynotes Carolyn Pedwell Carolyn Pedwell is … Continue reading

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