Reputation Capital/Reputation Warfare: Two Versions of the Optimal

Rosamond, Emily. 2017. 'Reputation Capital/Reputation Warfare: Two Versions of the Optimal'. In: All Things Optimal. Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies, University of Warwick, United Kingdom 25 October, 2017. [Conference or Workshop Item]

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How is it possible to optimize influence, credit or power by harnessing the logics of online reputation? This paper argues that there has been a recent shift between two conceptions of the optimal in online reputation, which enact opposing attitudes about the relation between reputation and the calculable. Prior to 2016, and made particularly visible with the advent of the so-called ‘sharing economy,’ the predominant online rep- utation-logic was firmly tied to histories of optimizing private credit. In the lead-up to Donald Trump’s election as President of the United States, however, a more indirect form of reputation-optimization emerged, which capitalized on the systemic uncertainty produced by ubiquitous reputation-calculation. Reflecting on the shift between these two versions of the optimal can tell us much about the new political alignments of online reputation, as politics moves away from what Tariq Ali referred to the ‘extreme centre,’ which pervasively and directly claimed to align the interests of social democracy with those of Wall Street.

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Conference or Workshop Item (Lecture)

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Visual Cultures

Dates:

DateEvent
25 October 2017Completed

Event Location:

Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies, University of Warwick, United Kingdom

Date range:

25 October, 2017

Item ID:

22047

Date Deposited:

30 Oct 2017 10:22

Last Modified:

29 Apr 2020 16:41

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/22047

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