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[liberationtech] Call for contributions: Unlike Us Reader: Understanding Social Media Monopolies and their Alternatives

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Fri Jun 1 09:20:56 PDT 2012

From: Miriam Rasch <miriam at>

Dear all,

Let me first introduce myself: my name is Miriam Rasch and I just started
working at the Institute of Network Cultures. One of my first projects will
involve the Unlike Us Reader. Below you'll find the call for contributions.
Deadline is set August 20, 2012. Contact me if you need more information.

Sincerely, Miriam

Unlike Us Reader: Understanding Social Media Monopolies and their

Following the success of the previous INC readers we would like to propose
to put together a reader with key texts (see under below for possible
topics). Anthology (print, pdf, epub) produced by the Institute of Network
Cultures in collaboration with the Unlike Us research network. Following
the second Unlike Us conference in Amsterdam, the Institute of Network
Cultures is devoted to produce a reader that bundles actual theories about
the economic and cultural aspects of dominant social media platforms, such
as Facebook and Twitter, and the development of alternative, decentralized
social media software.

Critical Twitter Studies // Artistic Responses to Social Media //
Genealogies of Social Networking Sites // Biopolitics // Exploitation of
Immaterial Labour // Social Media Activism and the Critique of Liberation
Technology // Social What? Defining the Social // Software Matters:
Sociotechnical and Algorithmic Cultures // The Private in the Public //
Showcasing Alternatives in Social Media // Pitfalls of Building Alternatives

Internet, visual culture and media scholars, researchers, artists,
curators, producers, lawyers, engineers, open-source and open-content
advocates, activists, Unlike Us conference participants, and others to
submit materials and proposals.

We welcome interviews, dialogues, essays and articles, images (b/w), email
exchanges, manifestos, with a max of 8,000 words. For scope and style, take
a look at the previous INC readers and the style guide.

This publication is produced by the Institute of Network Cultures in
Amsterdam and will be launched late 2012, ready in time for a possible
Unlike Us #3 (no details known yet about the date and place).

DEADLINE: August 20, 2012

SEND CONTRITBUTIONS: miriam[at]networkcultures[dot]org (Miriam Rasch)
Unlike Us:
INC readers:
Or email: miriam[at]networkcultures[dot]org (from 1st of June on you can
expect a response)

The INC reader series are derived from conference contributions and
produced by the Institute of Network Cultures in Amsterdam. They are
available (for free) in print and pdf form

Previously published in this series:

INC Reader #7: Geert Lovink and Nathaniel Tkacz (eds), Critical Point of
View: A Wikpedia Reader, Amsterdam: Institute of Network Cultures, 2011.
For millions of internet users around the globe, the search for new
knowledge begins with Wikipedia. The encyclopedia’s rapid rise, novel
organization, and freely offered content have been marveled at and
denounced by a host of commentators. Critical Point of View moves beyond
unflagging praise, well-worn facts, and questions about its reliability and
accuracy, to unveil the complex, messy, and controversial realities of a
distributed knowledge platform.

INC Reader #6: Geert Lovink and Rachel Somers Miles (eds), Video Vortex
Reader II: moving images beyond YouTube, Amsterdam: Institute of Network
Cultures, 2011. Video Vortex Reader II is the second collection of texts
that critically explore the rapidly changing landscape of online video and
its use. With the success of YouTube and the rise of other online video
sharing platforms, the moving image has become expansively more popular on
the Web, significantly contributing to the culture and ecology of the
internet and our everyday lives. In response, the Video Vortex project
continues to examine critical issues of online video content.

INC Reader #5: Scott McQuire, Meredith Martin, and Sabine Niederer (eds.),
Urban Screens Reader, Amsterdam: Institute of Network Cultures, 2009. The
Urban Screens Reader is the first book to focus entirely on the topic of
urban screens. A collection of texts from leading theorists, and a series
of case studies that deal with artists’ projects, and screen operators’ and
curators’ experiences, offering a rich resource at the intersections
between digital media, cultural practices and urban space.

INC Reader #4: Geert Lovink and Sabine Niederer (eds.), Video Vortex
Reader: Responses to YouTube, Amsterdam: Institute of Network Cultures,
The Video Vortex Reader is the first collection of critical texts to deal
with the rapidly emerging world of online video – from its explosive rise
in 2005 with YouTube, to its future as a significant form of personal media.

INC Reader #3: Geert Lovink and Ned Rossiter (eds.), MyCreativity Reader: A
Critique of Creative Industries, Amsterdam: Institute of Network Cultures,
The MyCreativity Reader is a collection of critical research into the
creative industries. The material develops out of the MyCreativity
Convention on International Creative Industries Research held in Amsterdam,
November 2006 (no longer available in print; pdf online).

INC Reader #2: Katrien Jacobs, Marije Janssen and Matteo Pasquinelli
(eds.), C’Lick Me: A Netporn Studies Reader, Amsterdam: Institute of
Network Cultures, 2007.
C’lick Me: A Netporn Studies Reader is an anthology that collects the best
material from two years of debate from The Art and Politics of Netporn 2005
conference to the 2007 C’Lick Me festival (no longer available in print;
pdf online).

INC Reader #1: Geert Lovink and Soenke Zehle (eds.), Incommunicado Reader,
Amsterdam: Institute of Network Cultures, 2005.
The Incommunicado Reader brings together papers written for the June 2005
event, and includes a CD-ROM of interviews with speakers (no longer
available in print; pdf online).

See also:


Unlike Us #1: The launch of the research network took place during a one
day event took on November 24, 2011 in Liamassol, Cyprus. The conference
was organized by the internet and communications department of the
University of Limasol and focussed on the political economy of social media.

Unlike Us #2: The second event of the Unlike Us event took place in
Amsterdam from March 8-10, 2012. The major themes of the workshops and
two-day conference were alternatives in social media, software studies,
artistic practices and the private and the public.

Miriam Rasch
Publications + Projects
Institute of Network Cultures
t: +31 (0)20 595 1865

Miriam Rasch
Institute of Network Cultures
HvA Interactive Media, room 05A07
Rhijnspoorplein 1
NL-1091 GC Amsterdam

Postal address:
PO BOX 1025
NL-1000 BA Amsterdam

t: +31 20 5951866
f: +31 20 5951840
miriam at
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