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
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
An interview with me on ‘Researching the History of the Web‘ (available open access) was published in TMG – Journal for Media History as part of their special issue on Big Data Histories: In recent years, scholarly research in a range of fields, including media studies, has capitalised on the availability of ever-increasing numbers of… Read more Interview: Researching the History of the Web
Ik was te gast bij Onder Mediadoctoren om te praten over de geschiedenis van het web, web archivering en de vraag of we alles op het internet moeten of willen bewaren. De podcast staat nu online!
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
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)