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Eugenio Tisselli

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Chapter 23: Digital Networks and Social Innovation: Strategies of the Imagination

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Digital Networks and Social Innovation: Strategies of the Imagination
Digital networks and social innovation: Strategies of the imagination
EugenioTisselli

Digital social networks have pervaded the Internet, offering tools with which millions of users publish online all types of content and personal information. Making ‘friends’ on these networks is as simple as pointing and clicking. Yet the participative façade of these online applications conceals a set of disciplining technologies for contemporary capitalism, where the apparent excess of socialization really stands for the multiplication of weak and disengaged relationships. This chapter explores how the standard modes of operation of digital networks can be overridden through appropriation, and how this appropriation can lead to socially relevant innovation and change. An example is http://zexe.net: a project in which digital networks and ...

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