Unlike us Reader : social media monopolies and their alternative

Unlike us Reader : social media monopolies and their alternative

By Geert Lovink
Book Description

The Unlike Us Reader offers a critical examination of social media, bringing together theoretical essays, personal discussions, and artistic manifestos. How can we understand the social media we use everyday, or consciously choose not to use? We know very well that monopolies control social media, but what are the alternatives? While Facebook continues to increase its user population and combines loose privacy restrictions with control over data, many researchers, programmers, and activists turn towards designing a decentralized future. Through understanding the big networks from within, be it by philosophy or art, new perspectives emerge.

Unlike Us is a research network of artists, designers, scholars, activists, and programmers, with the aim to combine a critique of the dominant social media platforms with work on ‘alternatives in social media’, through workshops, conferences, online dialogues, and publications. Everyone is invited to be a part of the public discussion on how we want to shape the network architectures and the future of social networks we are using so intensely.


Contributors: Solon Barocas, Caroline Bassett, Tatiana Bazzichelli, David Beer, David M. Berry, Mercedes Bunz, Florencio Cabello, Paolo Cirio, Joan Donovan, Louis Doulas, Leighton Evans, Marta G. Franco, Robert W. Gehl, Seda Gürses, Alexandra Haché, Harry Halpin, Mariann Hardey, Pavlos Hatzopoulos, Yuk Hui, Ippolita, Nathan Jurgenson, Nelli Kambouri, Jenny Kennedy, Ganaele Langlois, Simona Lodi, Alessandro Ludovico, Tiziana Mancinelli, Andrew McNicol, Andrea Miconi, Arvind Narayanan, Wyatt Niehaus, Korinna Patelis, PJ Rey, Sebastian Sevignani, Bernard Stiegler, Marc Stumpel, Tiziana Terranova, Vincent Toubiana, Brad Troemel, Lonneke van der Velden, Martin Warnke and D.E. Wittkower.

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Table of Contents
  • Colophon
  • Contents
  • A World Beyond Facebook: Introduction to the Unlike Us Reader - Geert Lovink
  • Theory of Social Media
    • The Most Precious Good in the Era of Social Technologies – Bernard Stiegler
    • Against Remediation – David M. Berry
    • Social Media, or Towards a Political Economy of Psychic Life – Ganaele Langlois
    • The Fan Dance: How Privacy Thrives in an Age of Hyper-Publicity – Nathan Jurgenson and PJ Rey
    • Databases as Citadels in the Web 2.0 – Martin Warnke
    • Under the Skin of Networks: How Concentration Affects Social Practices in Web 2.0 Environments – Andrea Miconi
    • Collective Individuation: The Future of the Social Web – Yuk Hui and Harry Halpin
  • Critical Platform Analysis
    • Political Economy and Monopoly Abstractions: What Social Media Demand – Korinna Patelis
    • Rhetorics of Sharing: Data, Imagination, and Desire – Jenny Kennedy
    • As You Like It: Critique in the Era of an Affirmative Discourse – Mercedes Bunz
    • Silence, Delirium, Lies? – Caroline Bassett
    • The Facebook Aquarium: Freedom in a Profile – Ippolita and Tiziana Mancinelli
  • Platform Case Studies
    • Talking About Escape – Mariann Hardey and David Beer
    • Boredom on Facebook – D.E. Wittkower
    • How to Build a Map for Nothing: Immaterial Labor and Location-Based Social Networking – Leighton Evans
    • None of Your Business?: Analyzing the Legitimacy and Effects of Gendering Social Spaces Through System Design – Andrew McNicol
    • ‘Why I Left Facebook’: Stubbornly Refusing to not Exist Even After Opting Out of Mark Zuckerberg’s Social Graph – Robert W. Gehl
  • Artistic Interventions
    • Illegal Art and Other Stories About Social Media – Simona Lodi
    • Face to Facebook, Smiling in the Eternal Party – Alessandro Ludovico and Paolo Cirio
    • On Pleaselike.com and Facebook Bliss – Louis Doulas and Wyatt Niehaus
    • Art After Social Media as a Rejection and Reflection of Free Market Conventions – Brad Troemel
    • Disruptive Business as Artistic Intervention – Tatiana Bazzichelli
  • Activism and Social Media Uses
    • Facebook Resistance Augmented Freedom – Marc Stumpel
    • The Tactics of Occupation: Becoming Cockroach – Pavlos Hatzopoulos and Nelli Kambouri
    • Occupy Social Networks: the Paradoxes of Corporate Social Media for Networked Social Movements – Tiziana Terranova and Joan Donovan
  • Alternatives
    • Meeting the Alternatives: Notes About Making Profiles and Joining Hackers – Lonneke van der Velden
    • Facebook vs. Diaspora: a Critical Study – Sebastian Sevignani
    • Towards a Free Federated Social Web: Lorea Takes the Networks! – Florencio Cabello, Marta G. Franco and Alexandra Haché
    • Unlikely Outcomes? A Distributed Discussion on the Prospects and Promise of Decentralized Personal Data Architectures – olon Barocas, Seda Gürses, Arvind Narayanan and Vincent Toubiana
  • Appendices
    • Appendix - Unlike Us Research Agenda July 15th, 2011
    • Appendix - Unlike Us Conferences
    • Appendix - Author Biographies
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