How Public Should You Be?

The following is an excerpt from my new book, Down and Out in the New Economy: How People Find (or Don’t Find) Work Today. In most workshops on how to use LinkedIn, some new adopter would ask: how public must my profile be?  This question is about participant structure–who is the audience of a given profile?  […]

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The platform metaphor, revisited

This is cross-posted from the HIIG Science Blog, and is part of a series on metaphors and digital society hosted by Christian Katzenbach and Stefan Larsson. I recommend the other essays as well: Nik John on sharing, Noam Tirosh on revolution, and Christian Djeffal on artificial intelligence.  Sometimes a metaphor settles into everyday use so comfortably, […]

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CFP: New Media & Society special issue — “Truth, facts, and fake: The shifting epistemologies of news in a digital age”

I’m pleased to announce the following call for papers for a special issue of New Media & Society, as well as a related online workshop. Submission information is at the bottom of the call, and inquiries may be directed to ekstrom.lewis.westlund@gmail.com. Truth, facts, and fake: The shifting epistemologies of news in a digital age Co-editors: Mats […]

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Book Announcement: (Not) Getting Paid to Do What You Love: Gender, Social Media, and Aspirational Work

Fashion bloggers and Instagrammers seem to enjoy a coveted lifestyle–one replete with international jet-setting, designer-comped fetes, and countless other caption-worthy moments. Yet the attention lavished on these so-called “influencers” draws attention away from a much larger class of social media content creators: those aspiring to “make it” amid a precarious, hyper-competitive creative economy. I tell […]

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