This book examines the semiotic effects of protocols and algorithms at work in popular social media systems, bridging philosophical conversations in human-computer interaction (HCI) and information systems (IS) design with contemporary work in critical media, technology and software studies. Where most research into social media is sociological in scope, Neal Thomas shows how the underlying material-semiotic operations of social media now crucially define what it means to be social in a networked age. He proposes that we consider social media platforms as computational processes of collective individuation that produce, rather than presume, forms of subjectivity and sociality.
Table of Contents
1. On the notion of a formatted subject
2. The epistemically-formatted subject
3. The performatively-formatted subject
4. The signaletically-formatted subject
5. The allagmatically-formatted subject
Conclusion: Towards an enunciative informatics
Neal Thomas is Assistant Professor of Media and Technology Studies in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA.