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[liberationtech] Hector Postigo's MIT Talk on Nov15

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Sun Nov 11 23:56:51 PST 2012

Hector Postigo to give talk at

Production and Social Media as Capture Platforms: How the Matrix Has

Location and Time:
Comparative Media Studies <>(CMS) Program, MIT
Cambridge, MA  E14-633 <>. November 15th,
2012 at 5 pm.  Talk open to the public

This presentation develops a theoretical framework (rooted in Science and
Technology Studies) for understanding how, generally, social media’s
technical feature-sets create a system of *capture and conversion*. Capture
describes the persistent ways in which social web platforms record and fix
online/offline social and technical practices. Conversion applies to the
way in which technical architectures convert what is captured into value
(both culturally contingent and economic). The notions of capture and
conversion are developed in light of other work in the field that seeks to
understand how social web platforms use technology to leverage user
generated content (UGC). The framework bridges a focus on ongoing social
practice within/through platforms with analysis of technology as a
determinant of probable practice. Ultimately this work is part of a larger
project that seeks to develop a way of critically engaging the political
economy of the social web while at the same time not ignoring the subject
positions of those whose lives on display make it compelling.
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