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    Platform phenomenologies: social media as experiential infrastructures of urban public life

    Rodgers, Scott and Moore, S. (2020) Platform phenomenologies: social media as experiential infrastructures of urban public life. In: Stehlin, J. and Hodson, M. and Kasmire, J. and Mcmeekin, A. and Ward, K. (eds.) Urban Platforms and the Future City: Transformations in Infrastructure, Governance, Knowledge and Everyday Life. London, UK: Routledge. ISBN 9780367334185.

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    In this chapter, we argue for a phenomenological perspective on social media, approaching them as experiential infrastructures of everyday urban communication. While our argument is primarily conceptual, we also draw on recent research conducted into the role social media have played in mediating public exchanges about a controversial cycling program in Walthamstow, East London, UK. We pay particular attention to how such exchanges emerge through real-time-like experiences of locality, mediated by both the technical features of social media platforms and their everyday practical dynamics. These temporalities of social media amount to relatively novel forms of urban public life, the stakes and consequences of which are ambiguous.


    Item Type: Book Section
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): infrastructure, platforms, social media, phenomenology, urban politics, publicness, participation, governance
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Creative Arts, Culture and Communication
    Research Centres and Institutes: Birkbeck Interdisciplinary Research in Media and Culture (BIRMAC) (Closed)
    Depositing User: Scott Rodgers
    Date Deposited: 25 Mar 2021 14:32
    Last Modified: 09 Aug 2023 12:47


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