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In terms of media and communication history, we are arguably in the midst of a social media paradigm. Well-known platforms like Twitter and Facebook have gone from being viewed as mere sites of teenage distraction to becoming embedded ICT infrastructure in mainstream organisations across the society, culture, and economy; such platforms, their uses, and their politics are increasingly entangled with everyday life, work, and relationships. For the past decade there has been a burgeoning interest in social media. This highly international Handbook addresses the most significant research themes, methodological approaches and debates in this field via substantial chapters specially commissioned from leading scholars coming from a range of disciplinary perspectives centered on but extending beyond the social sciences and humanities. Part One: Histories and Pre-Histories ...

Analysing Social Media Images
Analysing social media images
Simon Faulkner Farida Vis Francesco D'Orazio
Introduction

According to Mary Meeker's 2016 Internet Trends Report, social media users shared more than three billion images every day during 2015 (Meeker, 2016).1 As Meeker observes, image use on social media continues to grow rapidly, with a dramatic increase in image circulation occurring from 2013 onwards. Some have referred to this rapid increase as social media's ‘visual turn’ (Gibbs et al., 2015: 258). This visual turn involves the popularisation of image-centric platforms such as Instagram and Snapchat, as well as the circulation of images on other, less predominantly visual social media platforms and messaging apps, like Facebook and Twitter, ...

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