The interactive potential of Web 2.0

Grant, Eryn L. (2010) The interactive potential of Web 2.0. In Biennial Forum of the European Association for the Study of Science and Technology : Practicing Science and Technology, Performing the Social (EASST010), 2-4 September 2010, Trento, Italy. (Unpublished)

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Following the position of Beer and Burrows (2007) this paper poses a re-conceptualization of Web 2.0 interaction in order to understand the properties of action possibilities in and of Web 2.0. The paper discusses the positioning of Web 2.0 social interaction in light of current descriptions, which point toward the capacities of technology in the production of social affordances within that domain (Bruns 2007; Jenkins 2006; O’Reilly 2005). While this diminishes the agency and reflexivity for users of Web 2.0 it also inadvertently positions tools as the central driver for the interactive potential available (Everitt and Mills 2009; van Dicjk 2009). In doing so it neglects the possibility that participants may be more involved in the production of Web 2.0 than the technology that underwrites it. It is this aspect of Web 2.0 that is questioned in the study with particular interest on how an analytical option may be made available to broaden the scope of investigations into Web 2.0 to include a study of the capacity for an interactive potential in light of how action possibilities are presented to users through communication with others (Bonderup Dohn 2009).

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ID Code: 37281
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: No
Keywords: Web 2.0, Affordances, Container Technologies, Harold Garfinkel, participatory, produsage, sociology, Erving Goffman
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800) > Sociology and Social Studies of Science and Technology (160808)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 Eryn Grant
Deposited On: 28 Sep 2010 03:12
Last Modified: 28 Sep 2010 16:44

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