Social Media-New Masses
Distributed for Diaphanes
With Social Media—New Masses, Inge Baxmann, Timon Beyes, and Claus Pias have brought together a diverse group of sociologists, media and cultural studies theorists, and historians of knowledge and technology who, together, outline the contours of this expanding field of research and analyze the differences between the old and new conceptions of masses and the distinct conditions and political consequences for each. Contributors to the volume include Marie-Luise Angerer, Dirk Baecker, Christian Borch, Christoph Engemann, Charles Ess, Wolfgang Hagen, Peter Krapp, Mirko Tobias Schäfer, and Sebastian Vehlken.
I. Which Crowds?
Introduction (Inge Baxmann)
On Media and Collective Dynamics
From Masses to Collectives
Dimensions of a Discursive Paradigm Shift
Inertia, Acceleration, and Media/Theory
Irina Kaldrack and Theo Röhle
Creating Subsets of the Masses
Taxonomies, Orders, and Crowds in Facebook’s Open Graph Protocol
Identity Management, Face Recognition, and Crowd Monitoring
II. Which Media?
Introduction (Claus Pias)
On the Crisis of a Concept
“Open” and “Free”
On Two Programs of Social Media
The Sociology of Media
On New (and Former) Methods of Social Simulation
Human Terrain System
Social Networks and the Media of Military Anthropology
III. Which Public Spheres?
Introduction (Tim Beyes)
The Ornament of Mass Customization
On the Collective Consciousness of Dispersed Examiners
Collectivity without Identity
Anonymous, Flexible Infrastructures, and the Event of the Common
Mirko Tobias Schäfer
Unstable (Counter) Publics
Online Platforms as Hybrid Forums for Socio-Political Debates
Towards and Ethics of the Leak?
WikiLeaks as a Programmed Public Sphere
Between the Madness and the Wisdom of Crowds
Computer Games and the Distraction Economy
Short-Circuiting the Masses
Falling Between Two Chairs – or Three, or…
List of Contributors