Journal article

Platforms and Public Participation

D BUTT, S McQuire, N Papastergiadis

Continuum | Taylor & | Published : 2016

Abstract

The concept of the “platform” has recently received extensive analysis in media studies and urban planning. This paper explores the platform’s contemporary emergence as an expression of a new archival logic that questions the possibility of a democratic politics of participation. “Public participation” in the platform invokes the individual in the form of a consumer with a profile rather than as a citizen of a state. This paper returns to Claudio Ciborra’s 1996 work on the “platform organization” to diagnose a “re-architecting” capability which we argue is integral to platform politics. Since this capacity for re-architecting is generally reserved from participants, we highlight the potentia..

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