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Kayla McCarson’s Review, April 23, 2014
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This review is from: The Culture of Connectivity: A Critical History of Social Media (Paperback)
I am a journalism student and this book was a great way to finish my last semester in an interesting read, giving my brain a break from the technical and hands-on knowledge and letting myself, at times, get lost in the way our culture can forget how “social” media all began. This book gives details and in-depth overview about the history of social media that Journalism 101 classes can only touch on in a short period of time. Journalism classes today are trying to keep up with the technology and focus their classes on new media however, Jose Van Dijck’s “The Culture of Connectivity: A Critical History of Social Media,” takes readers back to Napster, and back to when it all began with Web 2.0, what is referred in the book as vital time for making connections on the internet.

Van Dijck makes her book relevant by showing her readers that social connectivity thrives on 5 platforms: ownership, technology, governance, business model, user/ usage, and content. In each chapter the reader learns how various media works in these platforms and why our culture is not taking notice of important changes such as privacy matters. Read this book if you want a philosophical look into what users of media today would knock-off as being a non-philosophical topic, however, they may realize it may only appear this way because it’s changed a culture and isn’t slowing down yet.

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