Critical making with web2.0: on the material geographies in/of followthethings.com
Cook et al, I.
Géographie et cultures
This is the author accepted manuscript. The final version is available via http://gc.revues.org/3314.
Recent reviews of new media scholarship have criticised it for paying little attention to the social and environmental (in)justices in its technical infrastructure. At the same time, scholars of social and environmental (in)justice are experimenting with web2.0, using wikis, blogs, twitter and other social media to conduct and disseminate their research. These strands have collided in the making of a website called followthethings.com which simultaneously critiques the injustices embedded in everyday things, whilst also being made and maintained using everyday things, most notably a laptop, its software and the technical infrastructure of web2.0. Drawing on an emerging literature on critical making, this paper explains what has been learned about the material geographies of web2.0 and commodity activism through this making process.
Géographie et cultures, 2014, 91-92, 23-48.