Archive for April, 2009

Contested Geographies in Wikipedia, Glaiyer and Reich, Columbia, April 27, 4-5.30pm

April 27, 2009

Contested Geographies in Wikipedia: An exploration of controversy on the web

Tom Glaisyer, PhD student in Communications, Columbia University, and Josh Reich,

Date / Time: 4 – 5.30 Monday April 27th Location: Room 107B Journalism School

Tom G writes:  I’ve been working with Josh Reich of on an analysis of controversy in Wikipedia around articles related to ongoing armed conflicts. We are at an early stage of analysis but have reached a point where feedback would be useful. The analysis is an attempt at revealing how Wikipedia is as much a negotiation tool as it is an encyclopedia. Our approach takes into account and builds on prior analysis by others though it explicitly looks at real conflicts and how they play out on Wikipedia rather than starting with wiki edit wars. Ultimately, we hope our final paper will incorporate thinking from fields well beyond those traditionally engaged in analysis of large scale conversation analysis on the web. Feel free to invite others, but do set the expectation that this is a “work in progress” and that we’re looking for feedback. Though there will be some technical discussion our hope is that the final product will prove interesting to anyone interested in information-architecture, conflict resolution, sociology, communications, and data analysis. Look forward to seeing you if you can make it.

Saskia Sassen presentation at Columbia, April 27, 12-2pm

April 24, 2009

Monday, April 27, from 12 to 2pm, Saskia Sassen (Columbia) will present at the Communications Colloquium hosted by the Communications Program and ISERP.

Her presentation is entitled “Cultures of use and the constituting of digital power”.

The event will take place in room 107B of the Graduate School of Journalism (in the basement).

John Peters at Cyberscholars event at MIT.

April 20, 2009

————-Announcement: Please Circulate Widely———————– A Harvard-MIT-Yale Cyber Scholars Working Group Special Event In conjunction with MiT 6: Stone and Papyrus, Storage and Transmission 9:30 am – 11:30 am, Friday, April 24, 2009 E51-315 (MIT campus) Please RSVP to Colleen Kaman at Light snacks provided Linked announcement: Whatever happened to loneliness? Social thought about communication, 1959/2009 John Durham Peters, University of Iowa A talk followed by open discussion Around 1959, social commentators looked at the media landscape and saw loneliness everywhere. According to a wide range of intellectuals, the mass media of radio, television, film, newspapers, and magazines addressed people as members of a lonely crowd. Some avant-garde thinkers–in zoology, astronomy, neurology, parapsychology, and theater–saw in the tape recorder and radio potentials for peer-to-peer messages, but most understood the effort to pull private meaning from mass media as a sort of madness. In 2009 the scene is radically different. Commentators on the media landscape see in frenetic networking the collapse of mass media and the triumph of peer-to-peer. Some long for the cold familiar comfort of existential solitude amid a world of pokes and tweets. The fashion has swung from schizophrenia to autism as the mental illness that holds the truth of our moment. By using the late 1950s as a point for defamiliarizing the present, this paper tries to find out what is new in the media landscape of our moment. John Durham Peters is F. Wendell Miller Professor of Communication Studies at the University of Iowa and author of, among other books, Speaking into the Air: A History of the Idea of Communication. The Harvard-MIT-Yale Cyberscholar Working Group is a forum for fellows and affiliates studying issues confronting the information age to discuss their ongoing research. Each session is focused on the peer review and discussion of current projects submitted by a presenter. Meeting alternatively at Harvard, MIT, Yale, the working group aims to expand the shared knowledge of young scholars by bringing together these preeminent centers of thought on issues confronting the information age. Discussion sessions are designed to facilitate advancements in the individual research of presenters and in turn encourage exposure among the participants to the multi-disciplinary features of the issues addressed by their own work. MIT Comparative Media Studies ( and C4FCM ( are co-sponsors of Cyberscholars at MIT.

CCC social get-together, Thursday April 16, 9-11 pm, at the Magician

April 10, 2009

Collective Communications Campus is hosting an informal gettogether for communications grad students and scholars from the greater NYC area on Thursday 9-11pm at the Magician on the Lower East Side. Come, bring a friend, and meet colleagues from elsewhere over cold drinks and cutting-edge chatter.

Surveillance Societies, Conference at Macaulay College, April 24-26

April 1, 2009

Surveillance Societies: What Price Security?

March, April 24 Saturday, April 25 Sunday, April 26

An international conference focusing on the tensions between systems of security within and between societies and systems of surveillance over members of those societies.

Conference to be held at: Macaulay Honors College of The City University of New York 35 West 67th Street, New York, New York 10023

Program et al below