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A seminar on Algorithmic Politics with Greg Elmer (Ryerson University) and Ganaele Langlois (York University).

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Algorithmic Politics: Analyzing Strategies of Disruption and Mainstreaming in the Canadian Alt-Right

This panel focuses on the rise of “fringe” internet platforms and actors and their impact on political discourse. Focusing on the 2019 Canadian Federal Election campaign, which is dominated in large part by the rise of far-right anti-immigrant populist discourse and protests online and off, we examine the insinuation of fringe platforms into mainstream political discourse via more established social media platforms and news properties.

Greg Elmer will present on how political memes, language, and shared political objects (videos, photos, images, graphics, posts, etc) originate from fringe platforms such as 4-Chan and circulate to disrupt and shape the political discourse, imaginaries and landscape.

Ganaele Langlois will present on how a new qualitative digital method – the research persona – enables tracking the affective triggers through which one can identify with specific types of misinformation and disinformation objects and end up being profiled and curated as a alt-right member.

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Greg Elmer is Bell Media Research Chair and Director of the Catalyst Research Hub at Ryerson University. Greg is a digital media scholar and documentary film maker. His next film investigates the plight of 'no media' communities in S.Africa, the Netherlands and Russia. And his next book will trace the history of financialization in 'new' media companies.

Ganaele Langlois is Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Studies as York University. Her work focuses on digital methods and critical theory to examine questions of power and subjectivity through digital media platforms and infrastructures. She is the author of Meaning in the Age of Social Media (Palgrave, 2014).

This event is part of an ongoing seminar series on "critical inquiry with and about the digital" hosted by the Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London. If you tweet about the event you can use the #kingsdh hashtag or mention @kingsdh. If you'd like to get notifications of future events you can sign up to this mailing list.

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