The Oxford Internet Institute is excited to welcome Greg Elmer from Ryerson University for his talk 'Financing Social Media: Beyond the Economy of Attention'.

This presentation questions the 'industrial' worker critique of social media labour, and its accompanying economy of attention framework, in an age of big data speculation and financialization. Focusing on the social networking company Facebook, the presentation will investigate the writing and rewriting of the company's IPO prospectus in an effort to understand the dramatic drop in advertising revenues since the NASDAQ stock flotation. The presentation posits a speculative theoretical framework to understand the deleterious effects of the emergent business models and revenue streams of Facebook.

Please arrive early to avoid disappointment, unclaimed seats will be given to those on the wait list 5 minutes before the event starts. Registration will close at 12:00 the day of the event. Please note many events are recorded, and you may be visible on our webcasts, depending on where you sit.

About the Speaker Greg Elmer is Bell Media Research Chair, and Professor of Professional Communication at Ryerson University, Toronto. Greg has published eight book on topics ranging from social media and political communication to surveillance and protest. His is currently writing a book on the financialization of new media companies. His second feature documentary film "The Canadian Delegation" will be released in the summer of 2017.

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