Tag: Polity

Update on CDI events 17th & 18th Nov

Two in-person and online events at Warwick’s Centre for Digital Inquiry on Thurs 17th and 18th Nov. Register for both events here: https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/cross_fac/cdi/news-events/

Nov 18th, 10am-3pm


10:00 – 10:15

Opening welcome: Nate Tkacz

10:15 – 11:00

Olga Goriunova

Response: Tony Sampson

11:00 – 11:45

Jacob Johanssen

Response: Nate Tkacz

11:45: 12:30

Nate Tkacz

Response: Olga Goriunova

12:30 – 1:30


1:30 – 2:15

Tony Sampson

Response: Ganaele Langlois

2:15 – 3:00

Megan Boler

Response: Jacob Johanssen

November 17th, 4:00-5:30pm

Tony Sampson in discussion with Nate Tkacz about his latest publication: http://politybooks.com/bookdetail/?isbn=9781509537402

Blurb for A Sleepwalker’s Guide to Social Media

The blurb for the new book, A Sleepwalker’s Guide to Social Media – in production with Polity due in spring 2020 has been decided on…

Mikey B Georgeson’s Fictioning Machine performance of the Somnambulist at the Society of Affect Summer School in Lancaster PA, USA in August 2019.

Positing online users as ‘sleepwalkers’, Tony Sampson offers an original and compelling approach for understanding how social media platforms produce subjectivities.

Drawing on a wide range of theorists, including A.N. Whitehead and Gabriel Tarde, he provides tools to track his sleepwalker through the ‘dark refrain of social media’: a refrain that spreads through viral platform architectures with a staccato-like repetition of shock events, rumours, conspiracy, misinformation, big lies, search engine weaponization, data voids, populist strongmen, immune system failures, and far-right hate speech. Sampson’s sleepwalker is not a pre-programmed smartphone junkie, but a conceptual personae intended to dodge capture by data doubles and lookalikes. Sleepwalkers are neither asleep nor wide awake; they are a liminal experimentation in collective mimicry and self-other relationality. Their purpose is to stir up a new kind of community that emerges from the potentialities of revolutionary contagion.

At a time in which social media is influencing more people than ever, A Sleepwalker’s Guide to Social Media is an important reference for students and scholars of media theory, digital media and social media.