Tarleton Gillespie talks on “The Politics of Platforms” on 2/23/10

Submitted by schmallr on February 22, 2010 - 10:17am

The CAS Initiative “Interpreting Technoscience: Explorations in Identity, Culture and Democracy” presents “The Politics of Platforms” by Tarleton Gillespie, Department of Communication, Cornell University on Tuesday, February 23, 2010 at 4:00 p.m. in the Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory, Urbana.

If the character of public discourse, long chaperoned by the broadcast networks and major publishers, is now increasingly in the hands of online media platforms like YouTube, Facebook, and Flickr, then we must ask some quite old questions about how these commercial information providers navigate protecting free speech, meeting community standards, avoiding legal liability for their content, and pursuing their own business imperatives. But if broadcasters and publishers are in the business of editorial selection, online media platforms are in a different business, one that eschews selection for comprehensiveness. So how do sites that aspire tohost all the world's content, that champion the ordinary users that help fill their archives, and benefit deeply to the degree that they can promise "everything," also make choices about what does not belong there? How do these sites attempt to be both everything and not everything, what techniques do they employ, and by what justifications do they legitimate their policies?

Cosponsored by: College of Engineering, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Department of History, Program in Science and Technology Studies

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Thanks to D. Joyce Kyle of the Center for Advanced Study for this information item.