Analysis: Platform cooperativism and the problem of the outside

Digital platforms are rapidly transforming the way we work and generate income, create and share value, and sustain ourselves in post-welfare societies. By merging functions traditionally associated with either market or state actors, such as the orchestration of basic services like temporary housing or transportation, they act as new institutional forms that help to redraw […]

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When the Media Become the Opposition

This was originally posted to an excellent new blog, “First 100 Days: Narratives of Normalization and Disruption” run by the Program on Science, Technology & Society at Harvard University, as part of their “Expertise and Public Trust Project”. See their call for posts to contribute.   On January 25, just five days after President Donald Trump’s inauguration, chief White […]

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Putting the Folklore in Fake News

Amid all the rancor of the 2016 election, fake news emerged as a rare unifying force, one equally decried by the incoming and outgoing presidents, journalists and pundits across the political spectrum, and even those who stand to gain financially from the proliferation of false information. The problem of fake news has yielded a growing […]

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Reflecting on Chapter 1 of The Age of Sharing, by Nicholas John

Last month, Culture Digitally shared an excerpt from The Age of Sharing, the new book from Nicholas John. Below, several CD contributors reflect on the aims of the book, and its resonance with related concerns. Nik offers a brief response at the end. The book is now available in the U.S. as well as around the […]

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