Curation by code: Infomediaries and the data mining of taste

Jeremy Wade Morris
European Journal of Cultural Studies

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Drawing on Bourdieu’s (1984) notion of cultural intermediaries, Morris (2015) Morris JW (2015) Curation by code: Infomediaries and the data-mining of taste. European Journal of Cultural Studies 18(4–5): 446–463.View Full Reference List has argued that the organization and presentation of cultural goods is increasingly driven by algorithms, citing Amazon’s recommendation engine as a key example. This ‘curation by code’, Morris maintains, has profound implications for the production and consumption of culture more widely. Whereas in Bourdieu’s account the role of the intermediary is performed by an individual (or institution) acting as a cultural gatekeeper, Morris suggests that the role of human agency within the (re)presentation of digital culture is gradually diminishing, with creative and curatorial decisions increasingly delegated to computational processes and complex algorithms. references Curation by code: Infomediaries and the data mining of taste on 5/31/2019, 4:14:21 PM