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Coding Freedom by E. Gabriella Coleman

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EPILOGUE

How to Proliferate Distinctions, Not Destroy Them

In 2006, Time magazine crowned social media and “you” as the person of the year. Typical of many mainstream media representations, Time not only latched on to the moniker Web 2.0 but celebrated it with breathless hyperbole too:

It’s a story about community and collaboration on a scale never seen before. It’s about the cosmic compendium of knowledge Wikipedia and the million-channel people’s network YouTube and the online metropolis MySpace. It’s about the many wresting power from the few and helping one another for nothing and how that will not only change the world, but also change ...

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