Such insightful analysis of platforms by : "Sometimes [platforms] are like cities, newsrooms, post offices, libraries, or utilities — but they are always like advertising firms" AND they are "societies of intertwined people and machines"
Don't think of tech platforms as next-gen newspapers or TV channels but as 'entirely new entities that shapeshift constantly. Sometimes they are like cities, newsrooms, post offices, libraries, or utilities' ...and 'their motivations are far from neutral'
Important piece by on how to think about platform power. Don't accept their assumptions. Don't let them set the terms of the debate. And always remember this.
"Instead of thinking about platform companies as the next generation of newspapers, radio stations, or TV channels, we should see them as entirely new entities that shapeshift constantly."
"Publics are not natural. They don’t exist in the wild ...How well we govern ourselves — learn about each other, discover shared concerns, encourage or sanction behavior — all of this governance depends on how well our communication systems work." [email protected]
Platform companies are shapeshifters. "Sometimes they are like cities, newsrooms, post offices, libraries, or utilities — but they are *always* like advertising firms." Great stuff from
Tech platforms are where public life is increasingly constructed, and their motivations are far from neutral, by Mike Ananny /
I may not agree with everything in this essay, but it's a remarkably worthwhile read. --> Tech platforms are where public life is increasingly constructed, and their motivations are far from neutral via