Constitutive interference: Spam and online communities

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This paper examines the large and strange domain of spam and the role of spamming in the development of virtual communities and Internet governance. It contends that spamming operates by exploiting the tension between communities and the technological infrastructure that underlies them, and that these exploits illuminate both the complex relationship between virtual communities and the governments within which they operate and the changing politics of attention online. REPRESENTATIONS 117. Winter 2012

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)30-58
Number of pages29
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 1 2012


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Cultural Studies
  • Arts and Humanities(all)
  • Sociology and Political Science

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