Algorithmic Management in the Platform Economy

Chosen as one of the “10 Scientific Breakthroughs” of the year presented at the Falling Falls|Science Summit  in Berlin, November 2021, this talk explores the idea of an algorithmic society, power asymmetries on the organizational level, and the 3-sided relationship between platform operators, providers, and consumers.

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Ratings and Rankings

This silent lecture was created to for the workshop “Performances of Value,” Warwick in London, May 4-5, 2018 and is now available on the YouTube site of the journal Theory, Culture & Society 

Have you been tested?

Silent lecture to accompany “Put to the Test”.

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This Place, These People

The photographs in this self-timed presentation are by Nancy Warner, the San Francisco-based photographer who collaborated with me for the book project, This Place, These People (Columbia University Press, 2013). The voice is mine, reading selected passages from the book, some of them the words of Nebraska farm people, others taken from my Afterword to the book. The music is “Fratres” by Arvo Pärt. Performed by Gidon Kramer and Keith Jarrett, from the ECM recording Arvo Pärt Tabula Rasa.

Game Changer

This powerpoint presentation provides some background to our paper on creative teams in the video game industry and includes some graphics and animations that could not be presented in the paper version with Mathijs de Vaan and Balazs Vedres.

Peripheral Vision in Financial Markets

This is the PowerPoint that accompanied Stark’s keynote lecture in Moscow, October 28, 2012. View the lecture here.

Structural Folds

This powerpoint presents images and other graphic representations that Balazs Vedres and I were not able to include in the published version of this paper in the American Journal of Sociology. It shows, for example, an animation that illustrates the operation of the clique percolation method. We use CPM to identify cohesive structures as well as the structural folds at their overlap. It also shows animations of the network structure of our observed data, graphics illustrating our method for determining group stability, and more detailed representations of the historical lineages of cohesion.

Reflexive Modeling

This PowerPoint presents some material not included in the accompanying paper. There is a bit more here on « performativity » – the notion that the use of a model improves its predictive ability. Included as well are some graphics illustrating the process that Daniel Beunza and I refer to as reflexive modeling.

Social Times of Network Spaces: Network Sequences and Foreign Investment in Hungary

This powerpoint presentation contains images and other graphic representations that could not be included in our paper published in the American Journal of Sociology. You will see how our notion of pathway is a temporal sequence through a network space – as opposed to a path connecting nodes. It also presents output of the optimal matching analysis. Color coding facilitated interpretation at various stages of the data analysis for this project.

Political Holes in the Economy: Blockage and Brokerage in Hungary

In this PowerPoint, Balazs Vedres and I present the argument that the polarization of the political field in Hungary has created fizzures in the economy: firms affiliated with left-political parties are increasingly unlikely to have business partnerships with right-affiliated firms. To introduce the cast of political parties, we include posters from the 1990 parliamentary election campaign.

PowerPoint in Public: Digital Technologies and the New Morphology of Demonstration

This PowerPoint about PowerPoint presents materials not included in our published paper. It contains, for example, images documenting how Colin Powell’s presentation at the United Nations was crafted in direct parallel to Adlai Stevenson’s UN presentation during the Cuban Missile Crisis. It also includes audio and video files from Powell’s demonstration.

Socio-technologies of Assembly: Sense-making and Demonstration in Rebuilding Lower Manhattan

This PowerPoint augments the argument that Monique Girard and I make in our published paper, presenting more visual materials about the diverse forms of public assembly in which New Yorkers imagined the possibilities of urban space at and around the World Trade Center site.

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