Web U2: Emerging online communities and gendered intimacy in the Asia-Pacific region

Hjorth, L 2009, 'Web U2: Emerging online communities and gendered intimacy in the Asia-Pacific region', Knowledge, Technology and Policy, vol. 22, no. 2, pp. 117-124.


Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Journal Articles

Title Web U2: Emerging online communities and gendered intimacy in the Asia-Pacific region
Author(s) Hjorth, L
Year 2009
Journal name Knowledge, Technology and Policy
Volume number 22
Issue number 2
Start page 117
End page 124
Total pages 8
Publisher Springer Netherlands
Abstract Unquestionably, the zeitgeist of Web 2.0 is symbolized by the dominance of social networking sites (SNS) and user-created content (UCC). MySpace, Facebook, and Cyworld mini-hompy are but a few examples of SNS that are becoming increasingly part of urban everyday life and interwoven into the historicity of the Internet. Web 2.0 has promised much about new forms of participation, creation, collaboration, and authorship, and yet within each location, we can find examples of both empowerment and exploitation. This is particularly the case in the divergent region of the Asia-Pacific. Rather than the region being a sum of 'imagined communities' (Anderson 1983), this paper argues that the distributed social networks of Web 2.0 UCC is formed, informed, and maintained through the perpetual process of 'imaging communities.' These imaging communities can be seen in the visual, textual, and aural modes of UCC and can be seen to reflect the region's new technocultural cartographies.
Subject Asian Cultural Studies
Keyword(s) SNS (social networking sites)
UCC (user-created content)
Web 2.0
Online communities
Gender
Asia-Pacific
DOI - identifier 10.1007/s12130-009-9077-9
Copyright notice © Springer Science + Business Media B.V. 2009
ISSN 0897-1986
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