Blog Posts - Prosumption



facebook’s message of empowerment

by nathan jurgenson Users logged into Facebook this week to find various messages from the company telling them of changes in the way they will share their information. While the company frames all of this as putting users in “control” of the...
by Sociology Eye on Dec 14, 2009

facebook’s message of empowerment

by nathan jurgenson Users logged into Facebook this week to find various messages from the company telling them of changes in the way they will share their information. While the company frames all of this as putting users in “control” of the...
by Sociology Eye on Dec 14, 2009

Cyborg Systems: Sociology’s Proper Unit of Analysis

by pj.rey The increasing centrality of the Internet in our daily lives has precipitated a spate of theorizing about how we – as humans and as a society – are changing (or not) due to the constant technological mediation of our most basic...
by Sociology Eye on Nov 29, 2009

conference summary part 2: the internet as playground and factory

by nathan jurgenson Following PJ Rey’s excellent summary of the Internet as Playground and Factory yesterday, I offer a few additional observations from the conference this past weekend, focusing on Web 2.0 capitalism, and Google as the primary tar...
by Sociology Eye on Nov 16, 2009

Conference Summary Part I: The Internet as Playground and Factory

by pj.rey The New School held a conference last week that may be of interest to many Sociology Lens readers, so I have decided to devote this week’s entry to sharing some notes from the conference. The implosion of work and play was the most re...
by Sociology Eye on Nov 15, 2009

Augmented Reality: Going the Way of the Dildo

by pj.rey While the term “augmented reality” uttered in a sexual context might immediately conjure the perennial problematic of the boozed, buzzed, and befuddled (commonly referred to as “beer goggles”), more nuanced analysis...
by Sociology Eye on Nov 2, 2009

status networking sites

by nathan jurgenson There has been recent news coverage on social class and social networking site usage. CNN asked “Does your social class determine your online social network?” “Is there a class divide online? Research suggests yes. A recent...
by Sociology Eye on Oct 21, 2009

When Prosumption is Law, the Prosumer is King (for Now)

by pj.rey Smokers, if I told you that I could get you high-quality cigarettes for half the usual price, you’d probably smartly ask, “what’s the catch.”  “The catch,” I might respond, “is that I need five min...
by Sociology Eye on Oct 17, 2009

towards theorizing an augmented reality

by nathan jurgenson Tim O’Reilly coined the phrase “Web 2.0”, and while the term has been differently used, I have boiled it down to the recent explosion of user-generated content (thus the focus on prosumption). This past summer, O’Reilly ha...
by Sociology Eye on Oct 5, 2009

the prosumer and intimate profit

by nathanjurgenson Recently, this blog has focused on the labor of the crowds. I have posted that the “prosumers of the world should unite” and have continued to write on the topic. Bmckernan expertly handled the topic when discussing ...
by Sociology Eye on Sep 21, 2009

Out of Print: Prosumption and the Triumph of New Media

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by Sociology Eye on Sep 20, 2009

the culture of efficiency

by nathanjurgenson I have a number of posts on this blog regarding the user-generated web (what has come to be known as Web 2.0), usually focused on social networking sites or the changing relations of production and consumption online, leading to th...
by Sociology Eye on Sep 6, 2009

culture de-jamming

by nathan jurgenson The old point that capitalism subsumes everything -even that which is precisely meant to be anti- or non-capitalistic- has been exemplified recently by corporations jamming the culture jammers by co-opting the jammer’s strategie...
by Sociology Eye on Aug 24, 2009

weightless capitalism

by nathan jurgenson Google announced that its new operating system, Chrome OS, will be free of charge. Further, it is designed to operate in the “cloud“, meaning that most of its functionality will exist online, using internet application...
by Sociology Eye on Jul 26, 2009

our digital culture of narcissism

by nathan jurgenson For many (especially youths and young adults), attempting to quit or never start Facebook is a difficult challenge. We are compelled to document ourselves and our lives online partly because services like Facebook have many benefi...
by Sociology Eye on Jun 29, 2009

facebook, the transumer and liquid capitalism

by nathan jurgenson During this “great recession” capitalism might become lighter and more liquid while older and more solidified traditions wash away in the flux of unstable markets (potentially an economic “reboot,” similar to Schumpeter’...
by Sociology Eye on Jun 14, 2009

The Facebook Privacy Fiasco of 2009

by nathan jurgenson All over the news the past few days has been the outing of Facebook for changing its terms of service so that it could keep its user’s data for whatever it pleased for as long as it pleased. Even if the user deleted their accoun...
by Sociology Eye on Feb 20, 2009


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