The 2015 Scholars Symposium on Digital Culture in 26 Tweets

Digital Culture: the Scholars Program in Culture and Communication Symposium 2015

On December 4, the Scholars Program in Culture and Communication hosted its annual Scholars Symposium at the Annenberg School for Communication. This year, the theme was Digital Culture.

As the 16 invited speakers made their presentations, there was an active livetweet in the room, linking the presentations to the wider world in real time. What follows is a snapshot of the day as told through some of those livetweets as well as photos taken throughout.

TODAY is the annual Scholars Symposium, this year on Digital Culture. Join us all day on the livetweet at #digitalculture15 @ASCscholars

We are obsessed with visualizations. They have become the lingua franca in academia and industry alike. @IsabelMeirelles #DigitalCulture15

One of the first uses of maps to represent categorical data from 1741: @IsabelMeirelles #DigitalCulture15

Isabel Meirelles (@IsabelMeirelles)

The first infographic ever published in a newspaper dates 1806. 1-8-0-6! #digitalculture15

Headlines and images appear in our newspapers only in past century - why the turn to the image? @manovich #digitalculture15

Lev Manovich (@Manovich)

Incredible student project showing the front pages of the Hawaiian Star from 1893-1912. Video here #DigitalCulture15

Another fascinating analysis of 4,535 @TIME covers @manovich #DigitalCulture15

We largely don't teach data visualization in Communication .. which hampers how we communicate our work. @Ognyanova #DigitalCulture15

Katherine Ognyanova (@Ognyanova)

We enculturate children in our imagery. Ex. “bear” means X image. An essential construct is built of “bearness.” #DigitalCulture15

Police body worn cams tend to be viewfinderless...most images go unseen. -Kelly Gates #DigitalCulture15

Police body cameras: better than no evidence, but those videos are in the hands of police @PaulLev #DigitalCulture15 ​

Danger of algorithms: Knowing general process might not help you reason the outcome i.e. pics of ppl ID'd as cats #digitalculture15 @niftyc

Christian Sandvig (@niftyc)

Facebook doesn't know why things do or don't appear in newsfeeds. They can only speculate about their algorithms -@niftyc #digitalculture15

Ubiquity. Personalization. Acceleration. Immediacy. Attention. The keywords of digital culture. #digitalculture15

With privacy & personal info, the operative phrase is “it depends.” @aaron_w_smith of @pewresearch #DigitalCulture15 ​

Aaron Smith (@aaron_w_smith)

Of those who texted to donate to Haiti post-earthquake, just 3% followed the ongoing reconstruction efforts closely. #DigitalCulture15​

90% of 18-29 year olds have a smartphone. 1/3 never turn them off. @aaron_w_smith #DigitalCulture15

We largely gave away permission to our data thru privacy policies, but did we give away permission to the inferences too? #DigitalCulture15

U.S. adults spend more time just on our phones than we do on watching TV. @lizzadwoskin #DigitalCulture15

Elizabeth Dwoskin (@lizzadwoskin)

I do love the phrase Manserolle uses to describe ad-revenue models: “paying with attention” #digitalculture15

We expect our children to enrich our lives with their valuable authenticity. --@Livingstone_S #digitalculture15​

Sonia Livingtone (@Livingstone_S)

"I believe the history of computing is distinct from a history of computers or computation." @bjpeters #DigitalCulture15​

@veronicabarassi on the scholarly obsession for the concept of network as a way to talk about politics #digitalculture15​

#BlackTwitter has been so successful at twitter that it has come to define twitter. --says @DocDre at #digitalculture15​

The mobile phone is the portal to all of the key points of contestation for the future of digital media. --Opeyemi Akanbi #digitalculture15

Retweeting the tweets of the fabulous #DigitalCulture15 as I was too busy assimilating all the brilliant papers on the day @AnnenbergPenn​