In the digital swirl of Facebook status updates, emotions expressed online can be contagious, according to a new study encompassing more than 100 million people in the U.S. and a billion messages they posted.
WSJ story on a new study by researchers at the University of California, San Diego, Yale University and Facebook Inc.
Bring a whole new meaning to “going viral,” doesn’t it?
Though the average Facebook user may not view her profile as art, Harvard Berkman Center fellow Judith Donath places the “data portrait” in an art-historical context in her forthcoming book, The Social Machine. Whereas medieval portraits signaled the subject’s status through symbols and poses, in the Information Age, portraiture often arises from recordings and data.