A&H Mark Coté
Dr Mark Coté
Lecturer in Digital Cultures
Director MA Big Data, Culture and Society
Faculty of Arts & Humanities
Mark is a Lecturer in Digital Culture and Society, leading development there in the analysis of big social data via an AHRC-funded research project. He is a member of both the Department of Digital Humanities and the Department of Culture, Media and Creative Industries.
Mark pursued both his Master's and PhD in the School of Communication at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver. There he was steeped in media theory, critical theory and cultural studies. His dissertation, 'The Italian Foucault' explored the Italian post-operaismo/ autonomist movement and Foucault circa 1973-78 as a means for developing new conceptual approaches to networked new media. He continued that trajectory in his sustained analysis of social media, developing 'immaterial labour 2.0' to conceptually frame the increasingly frictionless conflation of social and economic relations therein. This widely cited work has subsequently been revised, republished and translated into German. This technologically-enmeshed immateriality—namely social, communicative and affective capacities—raise basic questions about our relation to technology. These have been examined via the prosthetic paradigm of media theory, and originary technicity as proposed by Leroi-Gourhan and developed by Stiegler.
Mark has pursued this ‘ontology of the digital human’ by considering the materiality of the digital. This new materialist turn can be characterised as a shift in focus from the discourses of technological mediation to the technological mediation of discourses. This is reflected in his current AHRC-funded research on 'big social data’ which engages the computational environment and new algorithmic practices of mobile platforms through which we generate digital traces.
This research regards technology not merely as an object of study but deploys it as a tool for conceptualising the condition of the digital human and critically understanding big data as an emerging nexus of power-knowledge relations. It addresses the democratic deficit we face in big data by exploring innovative means by which it can be turned into a community resource.
Areas of interest:
- Big Data
- Research & Technology
- Data Privacy & Surveillance