#CeDEM13 Day 2 afternoon, Keynotes: Karine Nahon and John Carlo Bertot
Behind the Scenes:
Information Flows in Networks
Karine Nahon, University of Washington
Among Nahon’s research interests are information flows, natural gate keeping and inequalities in cultural technologies. She is also co-author of the book “Going Viral” and on several boards striving to make information more transparency.
Information flows are a way for us to have traces, which can help us understanding the interrelations between technologies and social structures. How can viral information flows impact social structures? Information flow is also a mechanism to both reproduce social norms, but also to transform them. One example of viral movies is the Gangnam Style music video, which reproduces the values we already know. On the other hand, we find a subtle criticism of the capitalist system in Korea. (more…)
Behind the Scenes: Information Flows in Network
Karine Nahon (University of Washington)
Karine Nahons keynote begins with film of the protests in Israel in July 2011 agaisnt the regime. Are these protests the result of facebook? No the “success” of protests (up to 500,000 protesters) was due to the use of news paltforms.
We need to look at these information flows: they are traces, help us understand events and the relationships betweeen technology. But we also need to understand that information flow, in particular viral information, offers not only reprodcution but also transformation. Such information flows challenge institutions and fundamentally transform the structures of institutions and power relations among stakeholders. Importantly, change does not occur through technology, (technology is always changing!) but through changes in behaviour. (more…)