Virality: Contagion Theory in the Age of Networks

Virality: Contagion Theory in the Age of Networks

Tony D. Sampson


In this thought-provoking paintings, Tony D. Sampson offers a contagion idea healthy for the age of networks. not like memes and microbial contagions, Virality doesn't limit itself to organic analogies and scientific metaphors. It in its place issues towards a thought of contagious assemblages, occasions, and impacts. For Sampson, contagion isn't unavoidably a favorable or adverse strength of stumble upon; it's how society comes jointly and relates.

Sampson argues organic wisdom of contagion has been universally allotted when it comes to the rhetoric of worry utilized in the antivirus and different renowned discourses surrounding community tradition. This information is usually detectable in matters over too a lot connectivity, similar to difficulties of worldwide monetary situation and terrorism. Sampson’s “virality” is as validated as that of the organic meme and microbe yet isn't really understood via representational pondering expressed in metaphors and analogies. really, Sampson translates contagion thought throughout the social relationalities first demonstrated in Gabriel Tarde’s microsociology and as a consequence well-known in Gilles Deleuze’s ontological worldview.

According to Sampson, the reliance on representational pondering to provide an explanation for the social habit of networking—including that engaged in via nonhumans comparable to computers—allows language to overcategorize and restrict research via enforcing identities, oppositions, and resemblances on contagious phenomena. it's the strength of those different types that impinges on social and cultural domain names. Assemblage thought, nonetheless, is all approximately relationality and stumble upon, aiding us to appreciate the viral as a absolutely sociological occasion, development from the molecular outward, lengthy sooner than it turns into biological.

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