About Me

Tero Karppi

Assistant Professor, ICCIT & Faculty of Information,
University of Toronto
Docent of Communication, University of Helsinki
Phd, University of Turku
email: tero dot karppi at utoronto dot ca


Tero Karppi is a Finnish-born new media scholar.  He is the author of Disconnect: Facebook’s Affective Bonds (Minnesota 2018) and one of the authors of Undoing Networks (Minnesota/Meson 2021).

My research is located in the area of media studies, with an emphasis on media theory and a focus on social media, new media, and digital media.

In my research I have explored different social media platforms and mechanisms of extracting value out of users. I have analyzed social media related phenomena such as digital suicide, dead Facebook users, and the use of social media in predictive policing. Together with others, I have written about Twitter’s impact on financial markets, the notion of Killer Robots, virtual personal assistants, and most recently about former Facebook executives’ calls to abandon social media.

I am currently co-editing an anthology called Reckoning with Social Media with Aleena Chia and Ana Jorge. My next book project is about the current Mars missions.

My research has been published in journals such as Theory Culture & Society, New Media & Society, Fibreculture, Culture Machine and Transformations and my 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. I have worked as researcher at the University of Turku, and at the Game Research Laboratory, University of Tampere. Before joining U of T I was assistant professor of media theory at the Department of Media Study, at the University at Buffalo. I am also a former Social Media Collective PhD intern at Microsoft Research in Cambridge, MA.

Selected Articles

Karppi, Tero.  “Socioeconomic status update: on Whitehead, Facebook, and targeting a high-end smartphone advertisement,” Parallax, 26:1, 48-64 (2020) , DOI: 10.1080/13534645.2019.1685779

Karppi, Tero, and David B Nieborg. “Facebook Confessions: Corporate Abdication and Silicon Valley Dystopianism.” New Media & Society, (June 2020). https://doi.org/10.1177/1461444820933549.

Karppi, Tero, Granata, Yvettte. “Non-artificial non-intelligence: Amazon’s Alexa and the frictions of AI.” AI & Society 34,867–876 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00146-019-00896-w

Karppi, Tero, Marc Böhlen, and Yvette Granata. “Killer Robots as Cultural Techniques.” International Journal of Cultural Studies 21, no. 2 (March 2018): 107–23. https://doi.org/10.1177/1367877916671425.

Karppi, Tero. “‘The Computer Said So’: On the Ethics, Effectiveness, and Cultural Techniques of Predictive Policing.” Social Media + Society, (April 2018). https://doi.org/10.1177/2056305118768296.

Böhlen, Marc and Karppi, Tero. “The Making of Robot Care,” Transformations Journal, No 29 (2017). http://www.transformationsjournal.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Transformations29_Bohlen-Karppi.pdf

Karppi, Tero, and Kate Crawford. “Social Media, Financial Algorithms and the Hack Crash.” Theory, Culture & Society 33, no. 1 (January 2016): 73–92. https://doi.org/10.1177/0263276415583139.

Crawford, Kate, Jessa Lingel, and Tero Karppi. “Our Metrics, Ourselves: A Hundred Years of Self-Tracking from the Weight Scale to the Wrist Wearable Device.” European Journal of Cultural Studies 18, no. 4–5 (August 2015): 479–96. https://doi.org/10.1177/1367549415584857.

Tero Karppi, ”’Change Name to No One. Like People’s Status’ Facebook Trolling and Managing Online Personas.” The Fibreculture Journal, issue 22 (2013). https://twentytwo.fibreculturejournal.org/fcj-166-change-name-to-no-one-like-peoples-status-facebook-trolling-and-managing-online-personas/

Tero Karppi, “Death Proof. On the Biopolitics and Noopolitics of Memorializing Dead Facebook Users.” Culture Machine, Vol. 14 (2013): 1-20. https://culturemachine.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/513-1161-1-PB.pdf

Tero Karppi, “Exploring Augmented Reality: On Users and Rewiring the Senses.” CTRL-Z: New Media Philosophy 2012, Issue 2. 

Karppi, Tero, and Olli Sotamaa. “Rethinking Playing Research: DJ HERO and Methodological Observations in the Mix.” Simulation & Gaming 43, no. 3 (June 2012): 413–29. https://doi.org/10.1177/1046878111434263.

Tero Karppi, “Digital Suicide and the Biopolitics of Leaving Facebook.“ Transformations Journal, Issue No.20. 

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