Entries by Scott Hale

Helen Margetts in Conversation with Ethan Zuckerman

Helen Margetts will speak about the research behind Political Turbulence in conversation with Ethan Zuckerman at MIT on 3 May 2016. Further details are available at the event webpage on the MIT Media Center. How does the changing use of social media affect politics? In her recent book, Political Turbulence, Helen Margetts and colleagues Peter […]

Talk at Harvard University

Helen Margetts will speak about Political Turbulence at the Center for Research on Computation and Society at Harvard University on 2 May 2016. Full details are available on CRCS’s website. How does the changing use of social media affect politics? In a recent book – Political Turbulence, Princeton University Press, 2016 – Helen Margetts and […]

Talk at CRASSH, University of Cambridge

Helen Margetts will speak about Political Turbulence on 26 April 2016 at the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities, University of Cambridge. The talk, entitled “Social Media and Political Turbulence,” will be from 14:30 to 16:30 in Room SG2, CRASSH, 7 West Road, Cambridge. Full details are available at the link […]

Keynote at ACM Web Science Conference

Helen Margetts will speak about Political Turbulence in her keynote at the 2016 ACM Conference on Web Science in Hannover, Germany. The keynote is entitled “Understanding Political Turbulence: The Data Science of Politics,” and the abstract is available in full at the link below. Social media are now inextricably intertwined with the political behaviour of […]

Oxford Literary Festival

Helen Margetts spoke about Political Turbulence at the 2016 Oxford Literary Festival on 3 April 2016. [The authors] demonstrate how most attempts at collective action online fail but some give rise to huge mobilisations and even revolution. Those that succeed are unpredictable, unstable and often unsustainable. They argue that a new form of pluralistic democracy […]

The Economist: A new kind of weather

A special report on technology and politics in The Economist examines questions of democracy, data, politics, and social media referencing the findings reported in Political Turbulence: A new book entitled “Political Turbulence” come[s] to an intriguing conclusion: social media are making democracies more “pluralistic”, but not in the conventional sense of the word, involving diverse […]

Referenced in The Guardian

John Naughton referenced Political Turbulence in his column in The Guardian entitled, “#Twitter crisis? Not if it decides that it can be a smaller, smarter platform.” The Guardian Bookshop is also selling Political Turbulence for £17 with free UK shipping! In a thought-provoking new book, Political Turbulence: How Social Media Shape Collective Action, Professor Helen […]

Reviewed in openDemocracyUK

Stuart Weir has reviewed Political Turbulence in openDemocracyUK. A few years back I was intrigued and captivated, as a largely analogue political animal, by Paul Mason’s Why It’s Kicking Off Everywhere on the revolutionary part that social media were playing in the Arab Spring and global politics. But for all the enthusiasm, anecdotes and insights, […]

DW interview

Helen Margetts spoke with Deutsche Welle last week about the book and a range of topics from the role of social media in mobilizations to the (lack of) sustainability of social media campaigns. An article reporting their conversation is available at http://dw.com/p/1HpSV. Political Turbulence: we’re ‘dripping with data’ and it may make democracy better Do […]

Green Templeton: Living by numbers lecture series

Helen Margetts will speak about Political Turbulence at Green Templeton College on Monday 1 February 2016. Her talk is entitled, “Politics by numbers: How social media shape collective action” and forms part of the Green Templeton Lecture series 2016 whose theme is Living by Numbers: Big Data and Society. The talk is from 18:00 to […]