This issue of LIMN aims to raise the level of discussion about new social media, crowdsourcing, cloud computing, big data, and Internet revolutions. Too often, writing about these things follows well-worn paths of argument—paths that become increasingly worn with every
Can data be liberal or conservative? Alain Desrosières excavates the curious story of ‘correspondence analysis’ and its rise to fame.
Amira Pettus diagrams how Occupy recreates the structures and organization of collectives.
J.R. Baldwin collects the top needs of Occupy sites across the nation
How do you turn millions of people into a CPU? Lilly Irani unravels the mysteries of human-as-computation in Amazon Mechanical Turk
Engineers make the world, but not just as they please. Chris Csikszentmihályi recounts how engineers come to be part of one collective or another.
Learning how Anonymous works means learning to be one. Gabriella Coleman narrates her experience of being in between worlds.
Personalized recommendation is the new marketing. Nick Seaver explains how ‘collaborative filtering’ de- fines people through their purchases.
Compstat and the Real Time Crime Center are at the epicenter of Bloomberg’s New York. Emmanuel Didier explores how they are turning public safety into a commodity for Wall Street.
Why can’t crowds defend themselves? Alek Felstiner explores how the power of crowds to decide is also a weakness when it comes to organizing.
How do we know if we are where it’s at? Tarleton Gillespie explores the controversy over Twitter Trends and the algorithmic ‘censorship’ of #occupywallstreet.
Micro-lending plus crowd-sourcing creates its own problems. Roma Jhaveri explains how to keep crowds happy.
What happens when a crowd decides to think for it- self? Daniel Kreiss explores the answer in the 2008 Obama campaign.
Women under thirty and retired men might have surprisingly similar tastes for gambling. Natasha Dow Schüll explains how casinos have created a new kind of crowd.
Can a focus group be all of us? Rebecca Lemov explores how the box of donuts and the one-way mirror have become essential features of our self-understanding.
Elections are still about shaking hands and kissing babies, for the time being. Maria Vidart explores the first experience with social media campaigning in Colombia.