Understanding Algorithmic Folk Theories

Tracing Community-Based Knowledge on TikTok

How are disempowered or under-resourced communities negotiating the constraints and shortcomings of social media—particularly those produced by racial capitalism—to create pockets of solidarity, change, and social action?

This project, a 2023 NEH grant recipient for the Dangers and Opportunities of Technology program, takes community-based understandings of algorithms as a starting point for co-creating a shared vocabulary across university-community partnerships.



Sarah Florini

Liz Grumbach

Erica O'Neil

2022 Experiences on TikTok Panels

The "Experiences on TikTok" panel series highlights the voices of content creators from marginalized communities—Black creators, disabled creators, fat creators, and queer creators.

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