Writings and Talks


Bucher, T. (2021) Facebook. Cambridge, UK: Polity Press.

Bucher, T. (2018). IF…THEN: Algorithmic power and politics. New York: Oxford University Press.

Peer-reviewed journal articles 

Bucher, T. (2022) Facing AI: Conceptualizing ‘fAIce communication’ as the modus operandi of facial recognition systems. Media, Culture & Society.

Bucher, T. (2020) The right-time web: Theorizing the kairologic of algorithmic media. New Media & Society, 22(9), 1699-1714.

Bucher, T. (2020) Nothing to disconnect from? Being singular plural in the age of machine learning. Media, Culture & Societyhttps://doi.org/10.1177/0163443720914028

Gran, A-B., Booth, P. & Bucher, T. (2020) To be or not to be algorithm aware: a question of a new digital divide?, Information, Communication & Society, DOI: 10.1080/1369118X.2020.1736124

Bucher, T. (2019). Bad Guys and Bag Ladies: On the Politics of Polemics and the Promise of Ambivalence. Social Media+ Society 5(3): https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/2056305119856705

Bucher, T. (2017) The Algorithmic Imaginary: Exploring the ordinary affects of Facebook algorithms. Information, Communication and Society, 17 (1): 30-44.

Bucher, T. (2016) ‘Machines don’t have instincts’: Articulating the computational in journalism. New Media & Societydoi:10.1177/1461444815624182

Bucher, T. (2015) Networking, or what the social means in social media. Social Media + Society, 1(1).

Bucher, T. (2014)  About a bot: Hoax, fake, performance art. M/C Journal special issue on ‘Persona’

Bucher, T. (2013) Objects of intense feeling: The case of the Twitter APIs. Computational Culture (3).

Bucher, T. (2013) The Friendship Assemblage: Investigating programmed sociality on Facebook. Television & New Media, 14 (6): 495-509. Published online before print, August 24, 2012.

Bucher, T. (2012) Want to be on the top? Algorithmic power and the threat of invisibility on Facebook. New Media & Society, 14(7): 1164–1180.   

Bucher, T. (2012) A technicity of attention: How software ‘makes sense’. Culture Machine, vol. 13pdf.

Book chapters

Bucher, T. (2022, in press) Listening to algorithms. S. Jones (ed.) Handbook of Human-Machine Communication. Sage.

Bucher, T. (2018) Cleavage Control: Three stories about algorithmic culture and power in the case of the YouTube ‘Reply Girls’, in Papacharissi, Z. (Ed.) A Networked Self: Platforms, Stories, Connections. New York: Routledge.

Bucher, T. (2018) Data and algorithms, in L. Lievrouw and B. Loader (eds.) Handbook of Digital Media and Communication. Sage

Bucher, Taina, and Anne Helmond. 2017. “The Affordances of Social Media Platforms.” In The SAGE Handbook of Social Media, edited by Jean Burgess, Thomas Poell, and Alice Marwick. London: SAGE Publications Ltd. [pre-print pdf]

Bucher, T. (2016) Neither black nor box: Ways of knowing algorithms, in S. Kubitschko and A. Kaun (eds.) Innovative Methods in Media and Communication Research. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Bucher, T. (2016) Database, in K. Bruhn Jensen and R. Craig (eds) International Encyclopedia of Communication Theory and Philosophy. Wiley-Blackwell.

Bucher, T. (2016) Algorithms as New Objects of Journalism, in M. Eide, H. Sjøvaag, and L.O.Larsen (eds) Journalism Re-examined. Digital Challenges and Professional Reorientations. Intellect.

Bucher, T. (2014) Sosiale medier og frihetens algoritmiske betingelser, i S. H. Gullbekk (red.) Ja, vi elsker frihet. Oslo: Dreyer. pdf. [This is a chapter on algorithms and liberty, for a book that examines different perspectives on liberty on the occasion of Norway’s 200 year anniversary]

Bucher, T. (2014) Det besværlige nettet: overvåking i dagens tekniske og sosiale mediekultur, i Liv Hausken, Sara Rundgren og Trine K. Haagensen (red.) Fra terror til overvåking. Vidarforlaget. Forventet utgitt høsten 2014. [This chapter entiteled ‘The unruly web: surveillance in contemporary media culture’ discusses the role of surveillance in and through social media as part of a book on surveillance after the Norwegian terror attacks]


Programmed Sociality: A Software Studies Perspective on Social Networking Sites. PhD dissertation, Faculty of Humanities, UiO. 2012. pdf.

Recent and upcoming talks [not updated very often]

May 2021 Keynote panel ‘Platform power and AI: The case of content’ at the AAAI/ACM conference on Artificial intelligence, ethics and society.

March 2021 Keynote at the ‘Intelligent & Autonomous’ 12 March, 2021, Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania.

June 2020 ‘What People Leave Behind: Marks, Traces, Footprints and their Significance for Social Sciences’, Rome.

January 2020 Keynote at the Algorithms for Her symposium, London.

December 2019 Keynote at the Italian Association for Political Communication, Milano.

November 2019 Invited speaker at the “How to do research on algorithms when you’re not a programmer” worksop, Bergen.

June 2019 Keynote at the ‘Connected Life’ conference, London School of Economics and Political Science.

June 2019 Speaker at the ‘Cultural Technique and artificial intelligence’ symposium, Technical Museum, Stockholm.


Mennesket som medieinnovasjon. Op-ed on the use of human recommenders in algorithmically governed platforms. Morgenbladet, 20 September 2019.

About a bot: Interview with Katie Rose Pipkin, Furtherfield.org, 7 December 2015.

Det store Facebook-eksperimentet. My two cents on the Facebook experiment. Morgenbladet, 4 July, 2014 (Norwegian).

Machine visions: James Bridle on drones, bots and the New Aesthetic, Furtherfield.org, 16 October 2013.

Deler du ikke, så er du ikke. Op-ed about the rhetoric of sharing in social media. I wrote the article as a response to Heidi Nordby Lunde, who first wrote a very celebratory chronicle about prticipatory culture and collaborative consumption. Aftenposten, August 7 2012 (Norwegian).

Is Seeing Believing? Taina Bucher interviews curator Gaia Tedone, Furtherfield.org, 3 January 2012

Romslig arkitektur, Utflukt Oktober 2011 (editor of Norwegian arts and culture magazine Utflukt’s special issue on architecture, together with Siri Katinka Valdez)

Network as Material: An Interview with Julian Oliver, Furtherfield.org, 16. June 2011

Interview with Jens Wunderling, Rhizome.org, 25.May 2011

Kriser satt på kartet: nye medier mellom demokrati og diktatur, Utflukt Mai/Juni 2011 (Norwegian)

Anxieties of Social Networking: An Interview with Liz Filardi, Furtherfield.org, 25. February 2011

Vår alles bestevenn. Chronicle about Google and the politics of web search. Dagbladet, 22. December 2009 (Norwegian).

Politisk engasjement anno 2009. Chronicle about political participation on and through Facebook. Published in the Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet, 18. January 2009 (Norwegian).

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