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Back to attention cycles

Tommaso Venturini will present a temporal consideration of online information troubles.

Event, Research Seminar

Salle du LIEPP, 254 Boulevard Saint-Germain, 75007 Paris


In this informal seminar, Tommaso Venturini invite you to refrain for a couple of hours from the topological metaphors that we commonly employ to think about online media (center, fringes, clusters, spreading, distribution, long tail…) and consider them instead from a temporal point of view. Such perspective was popular in media research in the 70s and 80s, particularly with authors investigating the (insufficient) visibility of environmental issues, but lost traction in the last decades in part because of the success of network analysis.

The rise of junk news (and the moral panic that they recently generated), however, can be better understood when the dynamics of online media are considered temporally rather than topologically. Or, at least, this is the idea that he would like to explore with you.