Taina Bucher

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Visiting address Gaustadalléen 21 Forskningsparken 0349 Oslo
Postal address Postboks 1093 Blindern 0317 Oslo

Primary research

I study the relationships and entanglements between algorithms, social and political concerns – examining how users experience and make sense of algorithmic power and politics. My research includes the following topics:

  • Digital infrastructures and the platform power of Facebook

  • Algorithms from a sociotechnical perspective
  • Cultural imaginaries of digital tech and AI
  • Feminist epistemologies
  • Temporalities of the algorithmic media landscape 

I recently published the book Facebook (with Polity Press, 2021). I am also the author of IF…THEN: Algorithmic power and politics (Oxford University Press, 2018), which provides an account of the algorithmic media landscape. The book’s analysis pays close attention to the multiple realities of algorithms, and how these relate and coexist with our everyday lives.

Current research 

At the moment I work on three projects:

Theorising media silences and absence

Analysis of users perceptions of and experiences with algorithms 

The monitorial citizen in the platform society

I am currently the Head of Screen Cultures, a research and teaching initiative at the Faculty of Humanities, and its affiliated Screen cultures master's programme.

I am currently a regular tech-columnist at the Norwegian broadsheet weekly newspaper Morgenbladet.

Teaching and supervision

I teach and supervise digital media-related topics, including social media, digital infrastructure, cultures and practices of digital media use, media and communication theory, science and technology studies, screen cultures and technologies, cultural history of artificial intelligence, inventive methods, digitalisation of the public sector, datafication, critical data, - and algorithm studies.


2016 - 2019 Associate Professor in Communication and IT, University of Copenhagen

2013- 2016 Assistant Professor in Communication and IT, University of Copenhagen

PhD (2012) Media Studies, University of Oslo

MSc in Culture & Society (2007), London School of Economics and Political Science

Visiting scholar at the New School, NYC (2015); Ryerson University, Toronto (2011); at New York University (2010).

Editorial board member

Journal of Communication

New Media & Society

Information, Communication & Society

Social Media + Society

More information

website tainabucher.com

Google Scholar

@tainab: Twitter

Tags: Social media, algorithms, digital infrastructure, AI, screen cultures


Bucher, T. (in press) The right-time web: theorizing the kairologic of algorithmic media. New Media & Society.

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)

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

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, T. (2017) The algorithmic imaginary: exploring the ordinary affects of Facebook algorithms. Information, Communication & Society, 20(1): 30-44.

Bucher, T. (2017) ‘Machines don’t have instincts’: Articulating the computational in journalism. New Media & Society19(6), 918-933.

Bucher, T. and Helmond, A. (2017) The affordances of social media platforms, in J. Burgess, T. Poell, and A. Marwick (eds.) Sage Handbook of Social Media. Sage.

Bucher, T. (2016) Neither black nor box: Ways of knowing algorithms, in 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 (ed) International Encyclopedia of Communication Theory and Philosophy. Wiley-Blackwell.

Bucher, T. (2015) The Networking Network, 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 Media14(6), 479-493.

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, 13

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  • Bucher, Taina (2021). Facebook. Polity Press. ISBN 9781509535170. 261 p.
  • Bucher, Taina (2018). IF…THEN: Algorithmic power and politics. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0190493038. 216 p.

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  • Bucher, Taina (2020). For noen er Facebook alt. Norsk Medietidsskrift. ISSN 0804-8452. 27(1).
  • Bucher, Taina (2020). Ventedyrene. Norsk Medietidsskrift. ISSN 0804-8452. 27(2).
  • Bucher, Taina (2020). Pensumkvaler: Om avkolonisering, mangfold og akademisk frihet. Norsk Medietidsskrift. ISSN 0804-8452. 27(3).
  • Bucher, Taina (2020). Kodespørsmålets villspor. Norsk Medietidsskrift. ISSN 0804-8452. 27(4).
  • Bucher, Taina (2013). Generation we/me. Finnes den gode delekulturen?
  • Bucher, Taina (2013). Programmed publics.
  • Bucher, Taina (2012). Algorithmically constructed visibility: the case of Facebook News Feed.
  • Bucher, Taina (2012). Threshold of visibility: on the politics of appearing and disappearing on News Feed.
  • Bucher, Taina (2012). (U)synlighet i sosiale medier.
  • Bucher, Taina (2011). Technicity of Attention: on immediacy and the update sphere.
  • Bucher, Taina (2011). Between culture and code: on the problems and possibilities of software studies and the implications for social media research.
  • Bucher, Taina (2011). Software Studies: Application and Implication.
  • Bucher, Taina (2011). Threat of invisibility: investigating Panopticism in Facebook.
  • Bucher, Taina (2011). Social media: The next five years.
  • Bucher, Taina (2009). Politisk engasjement anno 2009. Dagbladet. ISSN 0805-3766.
  • Bucher, Taina (2009). Vår alles bestevenn. Dagbladet. ISSN 0805-3766.
  • Bucher, Taina (2009). Technologies of Immediacy: A Critical Investigation Into the Shaping Effects of Software Functionalities.
  • Bucher, Taina (2009). Ungdom, politikk og internett.
  • Bucher, Taina (2008). The rhetorics of participatory culture: investigating a case of citizen journalism.
  • Bucher, Taina (2012). Programmed sociality: A software studies perspective on social networking sites. Universitetet i Oslo.
  • Bucher, Taina; Storm-Mathisen, Ardis & Helle-Valle, Jo (2009). Ungdom, Politikk og Internett. En akademisk refleksjon over norsk ungdoms samfunnsdeltakelse og politiske engasjement online. Statens institutt for forbruksforskning.
  • Storsul, Tanja; Arnseth, Hans Christian; Bucher, Taina; Enli, Gunn; Hontvedt, Magnus & Kløvstad, Vibeke [Show all 7 contributors for this article] (2008). Nye nettfenomener. Staten og delekulturen. Institutt for medier og kommunikasjon og Forsknings- og kompetansenettverk for IT i utdanning. Full text in Research Archive
  • Storsul, Tanja; Arnseth, Hans Christian; Bucher, Taina; Enli, Gunn; Hontvedt, Magnus & Kløvstad, Vibeke [Show all 7 contributors for this article] (2008). New web phenomena. Government administration and the culture of sharing. IMK and ITU, University of Oslo. Full text in Research Archive

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