A Historiography of the Hyperlink: Periodizing the Web Through the Changing Role of the Hyperlink

In this chapter I provide a historiography of one of the core elements of the web, the hypertext link. I do so with the specific purpose of tracing the various roles of this central web object as a way to understand social, technical and commercial transformations of the web. That is, the hyperlink is positioned… Read more A Historiography of the Hyperlink: Periodizing the Web Through the Changing Role of the Hyperlink

The political economy of Facebook’s platformization in the mobile ecosystem: Facebook Messenger as a platform instance

Abstract Facebook’s usage has reached a point that the platform’s infrastructural ambitions are to be taken very seriously. To understand the company’s evolution in the age of mobile media, we critically engage with the political economy of platformization. This article puts forward a conceptual framework and methodological apparatus to study Facebook’s economic growth and expanding… Read more The political economy of Facebook’s platformization in the mobile ecosystem: Facebook Messenger as a platform instance

Store, interface, package, connection: Methods and propositions for multi-situated app studies

by Michael Dieter, Carolin Gerlitz, Anne Helmond, Nate Tkacz, Fernando van der Vlist, Esther Weltevrede in: CRC Media of Cooperation Working Paper Series No. 4, Working Paper, 30 August. Collaborative Research Center 1187 Media of Cooperation: University of Siegen. Available at: https://www001.zimt.uni-siegen.de/ojs/index.php/wps1187/article/view/29 Abstract This paper discusses methodological approaches to app studies, focussing on their embeddedness and situatedness within… Read more Store, interface, package, connection: Methods and propositions for multi-situated app studies

CfP: The Web that Was: Archives, Traces, Reflections (Amsterdam, June 2019)

Michael Stevenson and I will be organizing a three day international conference on “The Web that Was: Archives, Traces, Reflections” at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, June 19-21, 2019. Please find the full call for papers on our website. Abstract As the first generation of web users goes grey, it’s clear that the internet… Read more CfP: The Web that Was: Archives, Traces, Reflections (Amsterdam, June 2019)

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