Tero Karppi


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Assistant Professor, ICCIT, University of Toronto (UTM)
Phd, University of Turku, Finland

Tero Karppi is a Finnish-born new media scholar. In his work Karppi focuses on disconnections in social media and network culture. His book Disconnect: Facebook’s Affective Bonds will be published by University of Minnesota Press in October 2018.

Karppi is interested in understanding our culture of connectivity through different platforms and their operations – especially when they fail – and puts emphasis on the non-human actors and agencies involved. Thus he tries to challenge and find alternatives for models that aim to explain social media through user participation. More broadly his research interests include media theory, new and digital media, social media, algorithms, digital economy and 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 online trolls. Recently he has been interested in the relation between Twitter and financial markets. 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 a researcher at the University of Turku, and at the Game Research Laboratory, University of Tampere, Finland. He was also a Social Media Collective PhD intern at Microsoft Research.