Sharing and Web 2.0: The emergence of a keyword

Citation:

John, N. A. (2013). Sharing and Web 2.0: The emergence of a keyword. New Media & SocietyNew Media & Society , 15, 167-182.
Sharing and Web 2.0: The emergence of a keyword

Date Published:

July 3, 2012

Abstract:

Sharing is the constitutive activity of Web 2.0. But when did ‘sharing’ become the term used to describe the activities that constitute participation in Web 2.0? What does sharing mean in this context? What is its rhetorical force? This paper argues that a new meaning of sharing has emerged in the context of Web 2.0 with three main features: fuzzy objects of sharing; the use of the word ‘share’ with no object at all; and presenting in terms of sharing functions of social network sites that used not to be so described. Following a critique of the use of the notion of sharing by social network sites, the article concludes by suggesting affinities between sharing in Web 2.0 and in other social spheres.

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