Culture of Connectivity A Critical History of Social Media

ISBN-10: 0199970785

ISBN-13: 9780199970780

Edition: 2013

Authors: Jose Van Dijck

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Social media has come to deeply penetrate our lives: Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and many other platforms define many of our daily habits of communication and creative production.The Culture of Connectivitystudies the rise of social media in the first decade of the twenty-first century up until 2012, providing both a historical and a critical analysis of the emergence of major platforms in the context of a rapidly changing ecosystem of connective media. Such history is needed to understand how these media have come to profoundly affect our experience of online sociality. The first stage of their development shows a fundamental shift. While most sites started out as amateur-driven community platforms, half a decade later they have turned into large corporations that do not just facilitate user connectedness, but have become global information and data mining companies extracting and exploiting user connectivity.Author and media scholar José van Dijck offers an analytical prism to examine techno-cultural as well as socio-economic aspects of this transformation. She dissects five major platforms: Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, YouTube, and Wikipedia. Each of these microsystems occupies a distinct position in the larger ecology of connective media, and yet, their underlying mechanisms for coding interfaces, steering users, and filtering content rely on shared ideological principles. At the level of management and organization, we can also observe striking similarities between these platforms' shifting ownership status, governance strategies, and business models.Reconstructing the premises on which these platforms are built, this study highlights how norms for online interaction and communication gradually changed. "Sharing," "friending," "liking," "following," "trending," and "favoriting" have come to denote online practices imbued with specific technological and economic meanings. This process of normalization, the author argues, is part of a larger political and ideological battle over information control in an online world where everything is bound to become social. Crossing lines of technological, historical, sociological, and cultural inquiry,The Culture of Connectivitywill reshape the way we think about interpersonal connection in the digital age.
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List price: $26.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/30/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.056

Engineering Sociality in a Culture of Connectivity
From Networked Communication to Platformed Sociality
Making the Web Social: Coding Human Connections
Making Sociality Saleable: Connectivity as a Resource
The Ecosystem of Connective Media in a Culture of Connectivity
Disassembling Platforms, Reassembling Sociality
Combining Two Approaches
Platforms as Techno-cultural Constructs
Platforms as Socio-economic Structures
Connecting Platforms, Reassembling Sociality
Facebook and the Imperative of Sharing
Coding Facebook: The Devil is in the Default
Branding Facebook: What You Share Is What You Get
Shared norms in the Ecosystem of Connective Media
Twitter and the Paradox of Following and Trending
Asking the Existential Question: What is Twitter?
Asking the Strategic Question: What Does Twitter Want?
Asking the Ecological Question: What Will Twitter Be?
Flickr between Communities and Commerce
Flickr Between Connedtedness and Connectivity
Flickr Between Commons and Commerce
Flickr Between Participatory and Connective Culture
YouTube: The Intimate Connection between Television and Video-sharing
Introduction 179-215
Out of the Box: Video-sharing Challenges Television
Boxed In: Channeling Television into the Connective Flow
YouTube as A Gateway to Connective Culture
Wikipedia and the Principle of Neutrality
The Techno-cultural Construction of Consensus
A Consensual Apparatus between Democracy and Bureaucracy
A Nonmarket Space in the Ecosystem?
The Ecosystem of Connective Media: Locked In, Fenced Off, Opt Out?
Locked In: The Algorithmic Basis of Sociality
Fenced Off: Vertical Integration and Interoperability
Opt Out? Connectivity as Ideology
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