Schooling the Platform Society

Monday, October 24, 2016 Comment circuit board

Social media platforms have become key parts of everyday life. The use of Facebook, WhatsApp, Spotify and so on has become so widespread that some commentators have begun to speak of an emerging “platform society” and of “platform capitalism.” At the same time, we are seeing the development of new platforms for use in schools. What might be the impact on education of the emergence of a platform society and platform capitalism? The sociologists of social media Jose van Dijck and Thomas Poell have argued that “over the past decade, social media platforms have penetrated deeply

World as Platform…

Monday, January 12, 2015 Comment the aftermath of earthquake destroyed homes and lives

Editor’s note: The following post is a summary of a provocation delivered at the Umeå University HUMlab’s “Genres of Knowledge Production” conference on Dec. 10, 2014. (Watch video, starting at 14:18) 1. Platforms That from which we act and project, the grounds of work, productive and representational. Platforms are usually presumed to be steady, stable, solid platforms, then are taken for granted, the givens of production and performance, the base or basis — infrastructures, some would say — of knowledge production and circulation/distribution, availability and access. 2. World as Platform First, platforms are presumed to be flat (though of course they