Feeding Violence?

  • Mark A. Wood
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Crime, Media and Culture book series (PSCMC)


This chapter examines how Facebook’s interactive and personalized algorithmic architecture shapes fight page users’ encounters with footage of bare-knuckle violence. Focusing on Facebook’s ‘Top Stories’ algorithm, which curates the content users receive in their News Feed interfaces, I examine how Facebook’s technological unconscious has the potential to amplify and reinforce fight page users’ attitudes towards crime and violence. Moreover, I examine how the rise of mobile media and a hyperconnected network society impact on the way crime is consumed, and have the potential to generate an ambient awareness of violence, where mediated violence becomes a normal part of the fabric of an individual’s social media use.


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  • Mark A. Wood
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  1. 1.CriminologyUniversity of MelbourneParkvilleAustralia

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