2   Critique of the Political Economy of Web 2.0 Surveillance

Christian Fuchs


Facebook, YouTube, MySpace, Blogspot/Blogger, Wordpress, Twitter, Flickr—these are just some of the World Wide Web platforms that have become popular in recent years. Blogs, wikis, file-sharing platforms, and social networking platforms are some of the techno-social systems that shape Internet experiences of users in contemporary society. Scholars, the media, and parts of the public claim that the Internet has become more social, more participatory, and more democratic (see Fuchs 2010b). These claims might be overdrawn, techno-optimistic ideologies. E-mail technology was created in the early 1970s, and has for a long time been the most popular and ...

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