Josef Eckert

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Hi! I'm a Ph. D candidate at the University of Washington, Department of Geography. I helped found the Social Media Lab at the University of Washington (

My doctoral project involves the exploration of a year's worth of longitudinal Twitter data (about 300 million tweets!) collected during the Occupy Wall Street movement. I'm trying to simultaneously discover the spatial differences in the processes of urban formation brought about by social media activism while enquiring at the gap between knowledge production generated by computational methods and that produced through more traditional, in-depth qualitative interviewing and participant observation.

My work lives at the intersection of critical geographic information science, digital humanities, and urban human geography, and generally examines the juxtaposition of space, place, and our digitally represented selves. I'm trying to figure out how to make conscientious use of "distant reading" in my own practice.

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