In this first episode of The Data Fix, I speak with Dr. Sarah T. Roberts, an expert in commercial content moderation and THE cultural critic we need right now, on all things tech & society related. We begin our discussion about how moderation on social media works, and what it presumes to parse out or let through, and explore for whose sake moderation is done. Because we focus on affect and feeling(s) in this series, we also discuss what it is about technology (and the Internet in particular) that has created such divisions in our worlds — specifically, what can we learn by asking about the legitimate grievances of the (lie-filled, meme-driven, bot-happy,) political right in the US and Canadian contexts? Recorded Dec 7, 2022.
Behind the Screen: Content Moderation in the Shadows of Social Media
Modulating Moderation (Overton window mentioned)
Algorithmic amplification of politics on Twitter
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