Master of Arts
Dr. Samuel E. Trosow
This study explores the nascent political economy of the online social network industry. Exemplars of online social networking, Facebook and Twitter have often been understood as revolutionary New Media tools. My findings show that these social networks are taking on a logic of capitalist production and accumulation, calling into question their revolutionary character. Evidence suggests that user-generated content are now being commodified and exchanged for profit.
Butosi, Craig, "Social Net-working: Exploring the Political Economy of the Online Social Network Industry" (2012). University of Western Ontario - Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Repository. Paper 693.