Tero Karppi (current research)

Karppi is at work on a book-length manuscript tentatively titled as Disconnect: Platform Politics of Facebook User Engagement. This book looks at the limits of user participation as a practical and theoretical problem in social media. The book argues that disconnection as a framework of research offers a novel viewpoint on social media, and has the potential to challenge our prevailing conceptions of these sites. With case-based examples embracing disconnection in theory and in practice the book points out, that our multiple engagements with social media sites are complex, affective, and can be designed, manipulated and monetized. Prospective research projects include a critical history of automation in the making, and defining affective capitalism in relation to digital media. These projects are interconnected.