[Air-l] Call for AOIR 8.0 Panelists on Critical Perspectives on Web 2.0

Michael Zimmer michael.zimmer at nyu.edu
Sun Jan 7 12:44:18 PST 2007

of course, that should be AOIR 8.0.  where has the time gone....

apologies for any confusion -mz

link: http://conferences.aoir.org/index.php?cf=6

On Jan 7, 2007, at 12:19 PM, Michael Zimmer wrote:

> With the submission deadline for AOIR 7.0 approaching (Feb 1), I'm
> seeking colleagues to join a proposed panel on "Critical Perspectives
> on Web 2.0".  A *draft* panel description is posted below, trying to
> fit with the conference theme of addressing "the (playful) blurring
> of boundaries online."
> Please e-mail me off-list if interested at michael.zimmer at nyu.edu.
> Will need a 250-500 word paper abstract prior to deadline.
> Thanks!
> -michael.
> -----
> Michael T. Zimmer
>   Doctoral Candidate, Culture and Communication, New York University
>   Student Fellow, Information Law Institute, NYU Law School
> e: michael.zimmer at nyu.edu
> w: http://michaelzimmer.org
> Draft panel proposal: Critical Perspectives on Web 2.0
> Web 2.0 represents a (playful) blurring of the boundaries between Web
> users and producers, consumption and participation, authority and
> amateurism, play and work, data and the network, reality and  
> virtuality.
> The rhetoric surrounding Web 2.0 infrastructures presents certain
> cultural claims about media, identity, and technology. It suggests
> that everyone can and should use new Internet technologies to
> organize and share information, to interact within communities, and
> to express oneself. It promises to empower creativity, to democratize
> media production, and to celebrate the individual while also
> relishing the power of collaboration and social networks. Websites
> such as Flickr, Wikipedia, del.icio.us, MySpace, and YouTube are all
> part of this second-generation Internet phenomenon, which has spurred
> a variety of new services and communities – and venture capitalist
> dollars.
> But Web 2.0 also embodies a set of unintended consequences, including
> the increased flow of personal information across networks, the
> diffusion of one’s identity across fractured spaces, the emergence of
> powerful tools for peer surveillance, and the fear of increased
> corporatization of online social and collaborative spaces and outputs.
> In Technopoly, Neil Postman warned that we tend to be “surrounded by
> the wondrous effects of machines and are encouraged to ignore the
> ideas embedded in them. Which means we become blind to the
> ideological meaning of our technologies” (1992, p. 94). As the power
> and ubiquity of the Web 2.0 infrastructure rises, it becomes
> increasingly difficult for users to recognize its externalities, and
> easier to take the design of such tools simply “at interface
> value” (Turkle, 1995, p. 103).
> Heeding Postman and Turkle’s warnings, this panel will work to remove
> the blinders of the unintended consequences of Web 2.0’s (playful)
> blurring of boundaries and critically explore the social, political,
> and ethical dimensions of Web 2.0.
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