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What we’re reading: September edition

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As promised, if somewhat belatedly, here’s our monthly Reading Group update for September.

Our shared featured reading was this new piece by Jose van Dijck and Thomas Poell:

van Dijck, J., & Poell, T. (2013). Understanding Social Media Logic. Media and Communication, 1(1), 2-14.

I chose it because I was intrigued by and very much admired the effort to look backward to media scholarship from the broadcast era and to think through what, if any, of that work can be translated into the context of social media. In this case, the authors first elaborate and then experimentally apply the idea of ‘media logic’ to social media platforms, cultures, and industries. We had a lively discussion about this and if we weren’t 100% sure of how well the experiment works, I think it provoked a lot of ideas about how we might try to approach the social media environment in more holistic and systematic ways. This whole exercise inspired me to re-read Raymond Williams’s great book Television, which is notable for the way it successfully combined political economy, cultural analysis and materialism in an attempt to grapple with the then-new medium of TV, way back in the day.

And here in no particular order is the full list of what the Social Media Research Group members have been reading over the past month. It’s a bumper crop!


And the featured reading for October’s meeting, chosen by Theresa Sauter, is:

Ruppert, E., Law, J., & Savage, M. (2013). Reassembling Social Science Methods: the challenge of digital devices. Theory, Culture & Society, 30(4) 22–46. doi: 10.1177/0263276413484941.

About the Author

- Jean Burgess (@jeanburgess) is a Professor of Digital Media at Queensland University of Technology, where she is also the Director of the Digital Media Research Centre (DMRC) - see http://qut.edu.au/research/dmrc. Her research focuses on the cultures, politics, and methods for studying social and mobile media platforms. Her books include YouTube: Online Video and Participatory Culture (Polity Press, 2009), Studying Mobile Media: Cultural Technologies, Mobile Communication, and the iPhone (Routledge, 2012), A Companion to New Media Dynamics (Wiley-Blackwell, 2013), and Twitter and Society (Peter Lang, 2014).

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