The 2016 US presidential election is the most "electric event" in electoral history—in the fullest sense of the term. Social media is playing an unprecedented role in the campaigns, allowing the candidates to interact with and influence voters to a greater extent than ever before (via memes, targeted advertisements, hashtags, bots, and other mechanisms). According to Frank Speiser of SocialFlow, "This is the first true social media election."
Our interdisciplinary panel discussion will dive into dirty campaign tricks, Trump's 3am tweets, what the influencers are saying, how Clinton and Trump are addressing each other, user responses to the candidates, the representation of leadership, and other aspects of how the battle for the US presidency is unfolding on social media.
The electrifying discussion will be followed by a wine and cheese reception and an interactive hands-on workshop, where you'll be able to analyse a sample of social media data related to the election. Spaces for the workshop are limited; a ticket for the discussion does not guarantee entry. You are also welcome to RSVP only for the workshop.
Philip N. Howard is the Professor of Internet Studies at the Oxford Internet Institute and Balliol College. He is the author, most recently, of Pax Technica: How the Internet of Things May Set Us Free or Lock Us Up. He blogs from philhoward.org and tweets from @pnhoward.
Gemma Joyce is a Social Data Journalist at Brandwatch and finds the stories that matter in social data. Delving into the numbers on everything from pop culture to politicians, she’s provided political data to journalists throughout a tumultuous 2016. Her work has been featured in publications including Financial Times, Wired, Business Insider, and PR Week. Find her on Twitter @GLJoyce.
Matthew Lee Anderson is the founder and lead writer at Mere Orthodoxy. He is the author of Earthen Vessels: Why Our Bodies Matter to Our Faith and The End of Our Exploring: A Book about Questioning and the Confidence of Faith. Matthew is currently pursuing a DPhil in Moral Theology at the University of Oxford. He is a Perpetual Member of Biola University’s Torrey Honors Institute.