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- DescriptionWe live in a world where a tweet can be instantly retweeted and read by millions around the world in minutes, where a video forwarded to friends can destroy a political career in hours, and where an unkwn man or woman can become an international celebrity overnight. Virality: individuals create it, governments fear it, companies would die for it. So what is virality and how does it work? Why does one particular video get millions of views while hundreds of thousands of others get only a handful? In Going Viral, Nahon and Hemsley uncover the factors that make things go viral online. They analyze the characteristics of networks that shape virality, including the crucial role of gatekeepers who control the flow of information and connect networks to one ather. They also explore the role of human attention, showing how phemena like word of mouth, bandwagon effects, homophily and interest networks help to explain the patterns of individual behavior that make viral events. Drawing on a wide range of examples, from the Joseph Kony video to the tweet that spread the news that Osama Bin Laden was dead, from the video of Homer Simpson voting in the US elections to the photo of a police officer pepper-spraying students at the University of California Davis, this path-breaking account of viral events will be essential reading for students, scholars, politicians, policymakers, executives, artists, musicians and anyone who wants to understand how our world today is being shaped by the flow of information online.
- Author BiographyKarine Nahon is associate professor at the Information School, University of Washington, where she is also director of the Virality of Information (retroV) research group and former director of the Center for Information & Society. Jeff Hemsley is Assistant Professor in the School of Information Studies, Syracuse University, New York.
- Author(s)Jeff Hemsley,Karine Nahon
- PublisherPolity Press
- Date of Publication18/10/2013
- SubjectCommunication & Media
- Place of PublicationOxford
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintPolity Press
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations, black & white tables, figures
- Weight276 g
- Width138 mm
- Height210 mm
- Spine16 mm
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