In this chapter I want to focus on social networking sites (SNSs), which have become emblematic of ‘Web 2.0’. The likes of Facebook and Twitter have already become objects of academic study (see Wittkower, 2010; Murthy, 2013), not to mention the focus of media news stories. As such, Facebook and Twitter are both services used by ‘produsers’ (Hills, 2009) as well as ‘discursive objects’ circulating through pop-cultural representations (Ricker Schulte, 2013, p. 5). Social media has been made to carry familiar cultural fantasies and anxieties: it allegedly captivates ‘users’, dragging irrational selves into addiction and compulsion (Larose, Kim and Peng, 2011) while commodifying the ‘free labour’ of online activities, enmeshing subjects in powerful webs of corporate control (Andrejevic, 2011, 2013). Alternatively, in a more celebratory mode, ‘citizen journalists’ and ‘citizen consumers’ are empowered as media systems become newly democratised (Gillmor, 2004; Jenkins, 2006), and as ‘ordinary creativity’ challenges professional producers’ stranglehold over media texts (Gauntlett, 2011).
|Title of host publication||Media and the Inner World|
|Subtitle of host publication||Psycho-cultural Approaches to Emotion, Media and Popular Culture|
|Editors||Caroline Bainbridge, Candida Yates|
|Number of pages||16|
|ISBN (Print)||9781137345530, 9781349466559|
|Publication status||Published - 3 Sep 2014|
Hills, M. (2014). Playing and Pathology: Considering Social Media as 'Secondary Transitional Objects'. In C. Bainbridge, & C. Yates (Eds.), Media and the Inner World: Psycho-cultural Approaches to Emotion, Media and Popular Culture (1st ed., pp. 185-200). Palgrave Macmillan. https://doi.org/10.1057/9781137345547