The Internet and your inner English tea merchant
8 July 2019
About this video
Are users biased like an English tea merchant? Why do we care more about some events and not about others? And for how long do we care? He presents research findings on collective memory on the internet, as well as on the threshold of death toll that attracts our attention and empathy when it comes to social media. Although the interned is constantly criticized as being a threat to our democracy, he reminds us that it is a place of cooperation, a land that has the power to unite us, not divide us.
About the Speaker
Senior Research Fellow in Computational Social Science
Taha Yasseri has interests in analysis of large-scale transactional data to understand human dynamics, government-society interactions, mass collaboration, information and opinion dynamics, collective behaviour and online dating.