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In terms of media and communication history, we are arguably in the midst of a social media paradigm. Well-known platforms like Twitter and Facebook have gone from being viewed as mere sites of teenage distraction to becoming embedded ICT infrastructure in mainstream organisations across the society, culture, and economy; such platforms, their uses, and their politics are increasingly entangled with everyday life, work, and relationships. For the past decade there has been a burgeoning interest in social media. This highly international Handbook addresses the most significant research themes, methodological approaches and debates in this field via substantial chapters specially commissioned from leading scholars coming from a range of disciplinary perspectives centered on but extending beyond the social sciences and humanities. Part One: Histories and Pre-Histories ...

Regulation of and by Platforms
Regulation of and by platforms
Tarleton Gillespie

Social media platforms rose up out of the exquisite chaos of the web. Their founders were inspired by or hoping to capitalize on the freedom it promised, while also hoping to provide spaces for the web's best and most social aspects. But as these platforms grew, that chaos and contention found its way back onto them – for obvious reasons: if I want to say something, whether inspiring or reprehensible, I want to say it where someone, maybe even everyone, might hear me. Today, we by and large speak on platforms when we're online. Social media platforms afford their users new opportunities to speak and interact with a wider ...

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