Social Media Projects

Our work in social media and information design culminates each term with individual projects designed to foreground the use of contemporary social networking technologies in service to different media works. Each project proposes new research in an independently chosen area of online culture and communication, while offering unique opportunities to engage both individually and communally as part of a larger social network.

Research Areas

Cyberculture and the History of Social Networking

Regina’s wiki on avatar creation and the construction of community environments through media works well to bring disparate audiences together to create new perspectives and perhaps even alternative understandings concerning the complex relationship between avatars and communal relationships. We have the beginnings here of what will likely be an important resource for everyone using VW technologies like Second Life.

Natalie’s questions constitute fundamental points of enquiry for all critics and producers of electronic culture. As a mode of broadcasting and cultural distribution, the Web must at some level inherently rationalise whatever content it continues store and dispense. If such content begins to yield the formation of active communities and social aggregates, what measures are needed to safeguard their autonomy from direct commercial and/or governmental influence?

Electronic Participatory Culture

This portal site offers viewers the opportunity to engage more actively with the music, art and performance work of the Irish rock and pop act U2, making clear that the ideal U2 fan is not a passive consumer of the music, but an active and creative producer of his or her own account. The very concept of fandom remains an important issue of interrogation and discussion in this media work.

The relationship between community and flash mob activity remains an important topic of both academic and professional enquiry. This site provides a historical archive of Flash Mobs around the world, while considering a host of different investigations into the organisation and implementation of flash mob community events. 

If there is one professional writing practice that stands acutely transformed by new social networking technologies, it remains the field of journalism. Ben provides an historical overview of important moments in citizen journalism that, despite its relatively short history, demonstrates how its most fundamental precepts can be traced to many older, more traditional media practices in news industries. The history we see here will itself no doubt become a vital part of the practice as it evolves.

Electronic Economies and Precarious labour

Greg’s blog reveals how many of the distinct issues of trust and community inherent to the popular music recording industry may require unique communication and distribution frameworks and thus subsequently inspire independent developments within the fields of information design and social media.

Jason’s wiki  re-conceptualises the field of architecture as a social media framework in and of itself.  In this project, architectural practice is used to interpret and investigate patterns in economic growth and cultural production. In other words, the language of architecture becomes its own mode of communication.

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