The game metaphor could be more widely used to understand our relationships with algorithmic systems beyond the usual notion of ‘gaming the system’, suggests Jesse Haapoja in his doctoral thesis “Encounters with algorithmic systems, through the game metaphor”, which was examined at the University of Helsinki on May 5, 2022. This post is the lectio praecursoria presented at the public examination.
Can research produced in one part of the world sufficiently explain what happens in another part of the world? Can we even talk about (digital) media theory without first trying to situate it somewhere – geographically, culturally and historically? This blog post discusses these fundamental questions in the context of researching the COVID-19 “infodemic” in Africa.
Social bubbles are a natural form of human behavior, but they seem to be supported and amplified by new media technologies. But what is the role of traditional, journalistic media in creating or sustaining such bubbles?