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 social media shape collective action? Professor Helen Margetts, co-author of a new book called "Political Turbulence" says they do. By allowing us to make "micro-donations" it's easy to join a cause. ...Read more.

8th February 2016

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 19:00 in the E P Abraham Lecture Theatre and registration via email to events@gtc.ox.ac.uk is essential. The talk is the second of four lectures in the Green Templeton Lecture series 2016 whose theme is Living by Numbers: Big Data and Society. The series asks: what [...]

28th January 2016

Book Launch at the OII

A book launch party will be held on Wednesday 27 January at 17:00 at the Oxford Internet Institute. The launch will start with a brief talk about the book by the authors followed by a drinks reception. The publisher, Princeton University Press, will have copies of the book available at a reduced price. The event is free but the guests need to register via Eventbrite.

26th January 2016

Reviewed in Times Higher Education

Ivor Gaber reviewed Political Turbulence on 21 January in Times Higher Education (THE). "Chaotic pluralism...a new kind of pluralism, highly decentred and chaotic" is what we're living through, if we are to believe the authors of Political Turbulence. The authors, whose disciplinary backgrounds range across political science, computational science and physics, argue that this new status quo has resulted from the intrusion, if that's the right word, of social media into the political sphere, an intrusion that they describe as "unstable, unpredictable and often unsustainable". ...Read more

21st January 2016

Reviewed in the Hurriyet Daily News

William Armstrong reviewed Political Turbulence in the Hurriyet Daily News on 17 December 2015. Turkey's Gezi Park protests seem a long time ago. Back when they were still raging in the summer of 2013, parts of the western media were excitedly hailing them as the latest instance of global social media-driven anti-authoritarian unrest. Some optimistically hoped that social media would advance the cause of freedom everywhere, single-handedly helping people cast off regime-wrought chains. The reality, of course, is murkier. ...Read more.

17th December 2015