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[Commlist] New Book: Quantified Storytelling. A Narrative Analysis of Metrics on Social Media

Fri Oct 02 13:54:59 GMT 2020

New book in the Palgrave Pivot series:

/Quantified Storytelling, A Narrative Analysis of Metrics on Social Media/


Authors: Georgakopoulou, Alex; Iversen, Stefan; Stage, Carsten <>

The book interrogates the role of quantification in stories on social media: how do visible numbers (e.g. of views, shares, likes) and invisible algorithmic measurements shape the stories we post and engage with? The links of quantification with stories have not been explored sufficiently in storytelling research or in social media studies, despite the fact that platforms have been integrating sophisticated metrics into developing facilities for sharing stories, with a massive appeal to ordinary users, influencers and businesses alike. With case-studies from Instagram, Reddit and Snapchat, the authors show how three types of metrics, namely content metrics, interface metrics and algorithmic metrics, affect the ways in which cancer patients share their experiences, the circulation of specific stories that mobilize counter-publics and the design of stories as facilities on platforms. The analyses document how numbers structure elements in stories, indicate and produce engagement and become resources for the tellers’ self-presentation. This book will be of interest to students and scholars working in the fields of narrative and social media studies, including narratology, biography studies, digital storytelling, life-writing, narrative psychology, sociological approaches to narrative, discourse and sociolinguistic perspectives.

Table of contents (5 chapters):

- Analysing Quantified Stories on Social Media

- Measuring and Narrating the Disrupted Self on Instagram

- Making Memes Count: Platformed Rallying on Reddit

- Curating Stories: Curating Metrics—Directives in the Design of Stories

- Conclusion


“Georgakopoulou, Iversen and Stage offer compelling evidence of how metrics are not just at the heart of stories; they often convey the heart behind stories of struggle, pain, and happiness. Deeply original and engaging.” --Zizi Papacharissi, University of Illinois, USA

“Quantified Storytelling offers a ground-breaking analysis of “how we tell now” by exploring the reciprocal influences of metrics and storytelling in social media.”--James Phelan, Ohio State University, USA

 “The authors skillfully show how quantification has become a central element of narrative and status on social media, shaping content in the quest for influence.” --Deborah Lupton, University of New South Wales, Australia

“Quantified Storytelling is challenging, original, thought-provoking work. Merging their expertise in language, media and narrative studies, the authors drive home the need for truly interdisciplinary research on the algorithmic transformations of storytelling in a social media world.” --Jannis Androutsopoulos, Universität Hamburg, Germany

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