Monthly Archives: November 2013
Written on November 26, 2013 at 2:33 pm, by NULab Administrator
The Infectious Texts project at Northeastern University is making thousands of pre-Civil War newspapers searchable. Bob talks with Ryan Cordell, a leader on the project, about the mechanism behind text virality in the 1800’s and some of what’s been discovered so far.
Written on November 6, 2013 at 3:41 pm, by NULab Administrator
In the face of tightening budgets and a more competitive job market, some fear that funding for and interest in the humanities may be declining at universities, as students become more focused on future employment. Are these fears justified or exaggerated? Can the study of the humanities thrive at a time of changing needs, or Continue Reading »
Written on November 5, 2013 at 4:18 pm, by NULab Administrator
Twitter is faster and HuffPo more sophisticated, but the parasitic dynamics of networked media were fully functional in the 19th century. For proof, look no further than the Infectious Texts project, a collaboration of humanities scholars and computer scientists.
Critical Mass, Viral Tags and Political Hashtags: the Dynamics of Contagious Phenomena in Social Media
Written on November 4, 2013 at 3:30 pm, by NULab Administrator
Social media sites like Twitter enable users to engage in the spread of contagious phenomena: everything from information and rumors to social movements and virally marketed products. The dynamics of these phenomena have been studied extensively from a theoretical perspective, but a gap exists between models and empirical studies of social contagions. In this talk, Continue Reading »
Written on November 4, 2013 at 3:24 pm, by NULab Administrator
Join NULab and David Sparks, of the Boston Celtics, as he presents a talk on a social network approach to explaining ideological polarization. The lack of quantitative data on House candidates makes many theories of electoral politics difficult to test. Perhaps the most fundamental shortcoming of current data is the lack of ideological estimates for Continue Reading »
Written on November 4, 2013 at 3:18 pm, by NULab Administrator
Agenda setting theory explains how media affects its audience. While traditional media studies have done extensive research on agenda setting, there are important limitations in those studies, including using a small set of issues, running costly surveys of public interest, and manually categorizing the articles into positive and negative frames. In this paper, we propose to tackle these limitations with a Continue Reading »