Algorithmic imagination of social media
Day 3: 27 June 2021
Melbourne, AEST (UTC +10) | 18:15 – 19:15
Beijing, CST (UTC +8) | 16:15 – 17:15
London, BST (UTC +1) | 09:15 – 10:15
New York, EDT (UTC -4) | 04:15 – 05:15
Los Angeles, PDT (UTC -7) | 01:15 – 02:15
Li Haili | Queensland University of Technology
D. Bondy Valdovinos Kaye | Queensland University of Technology
Weiyu Zhang | National University of Singapore
Ying Huang | Beijing Institute of Graphic Communication
Weishan Miao | Institute of Journalism and Communication, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
Fan Yang | Deakin University
Xuanzi Xu | University of Sydney
Joyce Nip | University of Sydney
This panel brings together five papers that examine the role of digital technologies and platforms in transforming how people engage with online content, community, and spaces. Whether it is on WeChat or Momo or any other platform, content production, circulation, and consumption have to be reimagined on algorithm-drive social media platforms.
- “Live streaming and reinvigoration on Momo: Exploring the dynamic transition of a Chinese social network app ”, by Li Haili & D. Bondy Valdovinos Kaye
- “Traffic media: How algorithmic imaginations and practices change content production”, by Weiyu Zhang, Zhuo Chen & Yipeng Xi
- “Context the WeChat use in dynamic Internet Era of China: Super App or Super Disruption”, by Ying Huang & Weishan Miao
- “WeChat: From mimicry to techno-orientalism”, by Fan Yang
- “Public engagement in news media spaces on WeChat”, by Xuanzi Xu & Joyce Nip
Haili Li is a PhD researcher in Digital Media Research Centre, Faculty of Creative Industries at Queensland University of Technology. Her research interests include social media, gender and diaspora studies.
D. Bondy Valdovinos Kaye
D. Bondy Valdovinos Kaye is a PhD researcher in Digital Media Research Centre, Faculty of Creative Industries at Queensland University of Technology and editorial assistant for Media Industries Journal. His research interests include music industries, platform regulation, and media policy.
Weiyu Zhang is Associate Professor, Zhuo Chen and Yipeng Xi are PhD candidates, all of whom from Department of Communications and New Media at the National University of Singapore. The first author’s research focuses on civic engagement and ICTs, with an emphasis on Asia. She is the author of the book “The Internet and New Social Formation in China: Fandom Publics in the Making”. Her current project is to develop and examine an online platform for citizen deliberation.
Fan Yang is a PhD candidate at School of Communication and Creative Arts, Deakin University. She researches the effects of large scale international social media platforms in terms of cross-jurisdictional tensions and expectations, and their cross-border effects on political activity and identity. She studies this through interviews and ethnographic observation with production teams that generate native content for those platforms, particularly observing decision-making and self-management in this context.
Xuanzi completed her PhD at the University of Sydney in 2020 and her study focuses on how ordinary Chinese Internet users’ everyday news participation contributes to the formation of online public spheres in China. More broadly, she is interested in the interplay between the ICTs, civil society and the state and would like to explore the political implication of the unfinished information revolution.
Joyce Nip is an associate professor in Chinese Media Studies in the University of Sydney. Before coming to Sydney, she has had more than 20 years of experience in journalism teaching, research and practice as assistant professor and journalist (in television, radio, newspapers and magazine) mainly in Hong Kong.