The End of the Virtual: Digital Methods

What I’m going to do today is sit­u­ate dig­i­tal meth­ods as an approach, as an out­look, in the his­to­ry of Internet-related research. I’d like to divide up the his­to­ry of Internet research large­ly into three eras, the first being where we thought of the Web as a kind of cyberspace.

Otherwise Engaged
Critical Analytics and the New Meanings of Engagement Online

Otherwise engaged refers to our time as a time of dis­trac­tion. As a time when social media is actu­al­ly begin­ning to focus our atten­tion on things that are dis­tract­ing. And I want to talk a lit­tle bit about first of all of our new—and it’s going to sound like an oxy­moron, but it’s our new sort of dis­tract­ed modes of engagement.

Platforming, Deplatforming & Replatforming
Following extremists around the Internet

Extremists around the world are increas­ing­ly being thrown off of social media. And so…the big ques­tion that I’m going to try to answer is, is this effec­tive? Is it good? Is it good for the plat­forms? Who does it ben­e­fit? Is it good for the plat­forms, is it good for the extrem­ists, is it good for the Internet, is it good for soci­ety at large?