The 2015 Scholars Symposium on Digital Culture in 26 Tweets

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.

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

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

​​@AnnenbergPenn
One of the first uses of maps to represent categorical data from 1741: bit.ly/1Q52zwt @IsabelMeirelles #DigitalCulture15


Isabel Meirelles (@IsabelMeirelles)

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

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


Lev Manovich (@Manovich)

@AnnenbergPenn
Incredible student project showing the front pages of the Hawaiian Star from 1893-1912. Video here bit.ly/1Q54AJ2 #DigitalCulture15

@AnnenbergPenn
Another fascinating analysis of 4,535 @TIME covers bit.ly/1XNALw0 @manovich #DigitalCulture15

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


Katherine Ognyanova (@Ognyanova)

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

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

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

​@soliver177
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)

@jreme100
Facebook doesn't know why things do or don't appear in newsfeeds. They can only speculate about their algorithms -@niftyc #digitalculture15

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

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


Aaron Smith (@aaron_w_smith)

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

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

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

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


Elizabeth Dwoskin (@lizzadwoskin)

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

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


Sonia Livingtone (@Livingstone_S)

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

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

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

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

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