Sorin Adam Matei

Sorin Adam Matei - Professor of Communication at Purdue University - studies the relationship between information technology and social groups. He published papers and articles in Journal of Communication, Communication Research, Information Society, and Foreign Policy. He is the author or co-editor of several books. The most recent is Structural differentation in social media. He also co-edited Ethical Reasoning in Big Data,Transparency in social media and Roles, Trust, and Reputation in Social Media Knowledge Markets: Theory and Methods (Computational Social Sciences) , all three the product of the NSF funded KredibleNet project. Dr. Matei's teaching portfolio includes online interaction, and online community analytics and development classes. His teaching makes use of a number of software platforms he has codeveloped, such as Visible Effort . Dr. Matei is also known for his media work. He is a former BBC World Service journalist whose contributions have been published in Esquire and several leading Romanian newspapers. In Romania, he is known for his books Boierii Mintii (The Mind Boyars), Idolii forului (Idols of the forum), and Idei de schimb (Spare ideas).

One thought on “Toward deciphering the social media genome: big data and computational social science may explain social embriology

  • April 10, 2017 at 11:20 am

    Hmm….. “I think that the new social theory that will emerge from deciphering the social media genome will be productive only in so far as it will be freed from the fetters of abstraction. “Theory driven” sould not be equated with a priori ideas about social institutions and a purported “need” for cohesiveness or equlibrium. Since we know so much more about non-equilibrium systems, social entropy and dynamic systems the new theoretic paradigm can probably propose a new social science of adhocracies and ambiguity. Think Rheingold’s Smart Mobs meets Reismann’s Lonely Crowd with a little bit of Critical Mass mixed in for good measure…. ”

    …. When social cognitive meets social mass, how would a social wave at the Purdue football stadium be used…?

    Way to go Mr. Matei…..keep up the great research…


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