Tero Karppi


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Assistant Professor, ICCIT & Faculty of Information, University of Toronto.
Docent of Communication, University of Helsinki.
Phd, University of Turku, Finland.

Tero Karppi is a Finnish-born new media scholar.  His book Disconnect: Facebook’s Affective Bonds was published by the University of Minnesota Press in October 2018.

Karppi is interested in critical studies of digital media and social platforms. In his work, he tries to challenge and find alternatives for models that aim to explain social media through users and their active participation. His research interests range from media theory, new and digital media, social media, non-human agency, neoliberalism, to affect theory.

In his writings Karppi has explored different social media platforms and mechanisms of extracting value out of users. He has analyzed social media related phenomena such as digital suicide, dead Facebook users, and the use of social media in predictive policing. Together with others, he has written about Twitter’s impact on financial markets, the notion of Killer Robots, and virtual personal assistants. Karppi’s current project is about the patents of tech companies – how they shape the world, and can be read as cultural discourses.

Karppi’s research has been published in journals such as Theory Culture & Society,  Fibreculture, Culture Machine and Transformations and his work has been featured in the Boston Globe, Buzzfeed, the German version of Wired, and number of Finnish news outlets such as Helsingin Sanomat and YLE News. Karppi has worked as researcher at the University of Turku, and at the Game Research Laboratory, University of Tampere. Before joining UofT Karppi was assistant professor of media theory at the Department of Media Study, at the University at Buffalo. He was also a Social Media Collective PhD intern at Microsoft Research in Cambridge, MA.