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    Interactivity is Evil: a critical investigation of Web 2.0

    Jarrett, Kylie (2008) Interactivity is Evil: a critical investigation of Web 2.0. First Monday, 13 (3). ISSN 1995-2013

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    Central to Web 2.0 is the requirement for interactive systems to enable the participation of users in production and social interaction. Consequently, in order to critically explore the Web 2.0 phenomenon it is important to explore the relationship of interactivity to social power. This study firstly characterises interactivity in these media using Barry’s (2001) framework differentiating interactivity from disciplining technologies as defined by Foucault. Contrary to Barry’s model though, the analysis goes on to explore how interactivity may indeed function as a disciplining technology within the framework of a neoliberal political economy.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: This article was first published at
    Keywords: Web 2.0; interactive systems; disciplining technology;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Arts & Humanities > School of English, Media & Theatre Studies
    Item ID: 4580
    Depositing User: Kylie Jarrett
    Date Deposited: 13 Nov 2013 16:37
    Journal or Publication Title: First Monday
    Publisher: University of Illinois at Chicago
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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