I will be giving a paper in ICA London next week. I am in a fantastic Facebook-themed panel titled “The Social, Economic, and Affective Materialities of Facebook” together with Mark Coté, Carolin Gerlitz and Jennifer Pybus. Come check it out Wed 19 June, 1530-1645, Room 13, 14 & 15! Here is the abstract for our panel:
Facebook has both expanded and intensified social relations in an unprecedented manner while developing a new market paradigm for extracting value from the voluminous social data generated therein. Existing conceptual frames offer partial understanding. Convergence and/or Web 2.0 clarify the quotidian conflation of work and play, and new mediated cultural practices where consumption elides with production. Also, the Foucauldian concept of biopower offers a robust analysis of how the everyday life of the social body has become a focus of power and value. Yet key elements, such as social data, affective relations, and the specific materialities of the platform in which it transpires, demand a sustained theoretical focus and critique. Our panel will draw on its strong body of international research to offer four highly resonant but unique lines of critical inquiry into the conflation of social and economic relations in social networks.