Volume 3 of the Cultures & Globalization series, Creativity and Innovations, explores the interactions between globalization and the forms of cultural expression that are their basic resource. Bringing together over 25 high-profile authors from around the world, this volume addresses such questions as: What impacts does globalization have on cultural creativity and innovation? How is the evolving world ‘map’ of creativity related to the drivers and patterns of globalization? What are the relationships between creative acts, clusters, genres or institutions and cultural diversity?
Chapter 23: Digital Networks and Social Innovation: Strategies of the Imagination
Digital Networks and Social Innovation: Strategies of the Imagination
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 ...