Review essay: When we talk about platforms and culture, what are we talking about?

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Abstract

In this essay, two recently published books, Platforms and Cultural Production, by Thomas Poell, David Nieborg, and Brooke Erin Duffy, and Instagram: Visual Social Media Cultures, by Tama Leaver, Tim Highfield, and Crystal Abidin, are reviewed. By placing these two books in dialog with each other, I aim to explore two ways to understand and analyze culture in the context of platform society. Firstly, culture can be understood as cultural commodities that are produced and consumed in a platform environment. Secondly, various social groups make use of platforms in distinct ways, and cultures emerge from these creative practices
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)185-190
Number of pages6
JournalMedia, Culture & Society
Volume44
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2022

Bibliographical note

This work was supported by the China Scholarship Council [grant number: 202007720041]

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  • ESHCC M&C

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