Category: Platforms

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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Reading the Zuckerberg manifesto

It’s perhaps not surprising that the manifesto published by Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg yesterday promotes “global community.” The idea that a social media platform like Facebook primarily serves as a community space is consistent with the site’s branding according to techno-utopian versions of a networked society. It also supports the way that Facebook’s […]

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Spanish Translation- Cancelando Amistades en Facebook por Razones Politicas

Tranlated by Andrea Alarcon and Hector Postigo La forma académica, en los estudios de medios, de abordar el tema de terminar amistades en Facebook por motivos políticos sería comenzar la conversación hablando de la brecha en la literatura existente, la cuál este estudio llena. Definitivamente ay un vacío: a pesar de una enorme cantidad de […]

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Programming Violence: Under a Progressive Surface, Facebook’s Software Misgenders Users

  Almost two years ago, Facebook waved the rainbow flag and metaphorically opened its doors to all of the folks who identify outside of the gender binary. Before Facebook announced this change in February of 2014, users were only able to select ‘male’ or ‘female.’ Suddenly, with this software modification, users could choose a ‘custom’ […]

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Running Towards Publication, Then Walking Away

When I was finishing my first book, John Durham Peters gave me some excellent advice. Paraphrasing Walter Benjamin, he said that texts are never finished. They are simply abandoned. It was exactly what I needed to hear at the moment, but it’s also something I’ve reflected on many times since then, especially as my work […]

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