“Socialbots and Their Friends is an exciting and timely book that accompanies the reader through the fascinating paths of a particular innovation: the socialbot. This collection represents a major scholarly work and offers a rich compendium of insights into why today’s societies are affected by various processes of the automation of sociability.” –Leopoldina Fortunati, University of Udine, Italy
About the Author
Robert W. Gehl is an associate professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Utah, and the author of Reverse Engineering Social Media (2014, Temple University Press). His research draws on science and technology studies, software studies, and critical/cultural studies and focuses on the intersections between technology, subjectivity, and practice.
Maria Bakardjieva is professor of communication at the University of Calgary, Canada, and the author of Internet Society: The Internet in Everyday Life (2005, Sage). Her research has examined Internet use practices across different social and cultural context with a focus on users’ active appropriation of new media and on the phenomenology of digital communication.