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#AmazonFires and the online composition of forest politics

#AmazonFires and the online composition of forest politics

Talk on "#AmazonFires and the online composition of forest politics" at "Ecologies and Infrastructures: Cultural Techniques of Environmental Management" symposium, co-organised by King’s College London and Arizona State University, 22nd April 2022.

Jonathan Gray

April 22, 2022
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  1. #AmazonFires and the online
    composition of forest politics
    Liliana Bounegru
    Gabriele Colombo
    Jonathan Gray

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  2. What might these digital objects tell us about
    cultural techniques of environmental management –
    and the infrastructuring of natureculture?

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  3. What is happening? The algorithmic mediation of environmental events
    What is engaging? Querying objects of engagement in environmental events
    What is hashtagging? Hashtags as indicators of environmental issue composition
    What is imaging? From visual misinformation to social lives of environmental images

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  4. What is happening? The algorithmic mediation of environmental events
    What is engaging? Querying objects of engagement in environmental events
    What is hashtagging? Hashtags as indicators of environmental issue composition
    What is imaging? From visual misinformation to social lives of environmental images

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  5. Screenshots from S. J. Piatek (2021), “#sandiegofire – the first successful hashtag”.
    https://www.sjpiatek.com/research/sandiegofire-the-first-successful-hashtag/

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  6. Total number of posts per day associated with #ActForTheAmazon, #amazonfires, #AmazonRainforest, #PrayforAmazonia,
    #SaveTheAmazon or #SOSAmazonia according to data collected from Twitter API using DMI-TCAT tool.

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  7. 2019 2020
    Comparison of Wikipedia pages for Amazon fires 2019-2020
    Wikipedia page views

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  8. Excerpts from tweets showing how Twitter Trending algorithm is thematised in Amazon fires collection.

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  9. What is happening? The algorithmic mediation of environmental events
    What is engaging? Querying objects of engagement in environmental events
    What is hashtagging? Hashtags as indicators of environmental issue composition
    What is imaging? From visual misinformation to social lives of environmental images

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  10. #AmazonFires as reception archive?

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  11. What is happening? The algorithmic mediation of environmental events
    What is engaging? Querying objects of engagement in environmental events
    What is hashtagging? Hashtags as indicators of environmental issue composition
    What is imaging? From visual misinformation to social lives of environmental images

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  12. What is happening? The algorithmic mediation of environmental events
    What is engaging? Querying objects of engagement in environmental events
    What is hashtagging? Hashtags as indicators of environmental issue composition
    What is imaging? From visual misinformation to social lives of environmental images

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  13. [burned
    animal 1]
    [burned
    animal 2]
    [burned
    animal 3]
    [burned
    animal 4]

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  14. What is happening? The algorithmic mediation of environmental events
    What is engaging? Querying objects of engagement in environmental events
    What is hashtagging? Hashtags as indicators of environmental issue composition
    What is imaging? From visual misinformation to social lives of environmental images

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  15. Digital objects as relational indicators of
    making of environmental politics and events?

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  16. Rethinking sites, actors and formats
    of environmental politics?

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  17. From “anti-politics machines” (Tsing, 2011) to
    “reconsideration machines” (Saunders, 2021)?

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  18. Attending to absence and recomposing relations?

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  19. http://amazonfires.publicdatalab.org/
    http://www.digicologies.com/
    [email protected]
    [email protected]
    [email protected]
    http://recipes.publicdatalab.org/

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