Lovink and Schneider: ‘Notes on the State of Networking’

Geert Lovink and Florian Schneider explore concepts that are very germane to social media in “Notes on the State of Networking.”

They argue the following:

  • The goal of networking is to free the user from the bonds of locality and identity.
    Flexible attitudes, fluid differences are at play in networking.
    You can’t model, or freeze the network in time. (Here we see echoes of Deleuze and Guattari’s “Rhizomatics.”)
    Networks often start as novel and exciting, but then flatline. They must at some point become a body capable of sustained existence.

Friendster and MySpace followed this arc. Friendster completely collapsed, whereas MySpace was able to achieve some level of sustained existence. How, though, did Facebook surpass them, and will Google+ be able to last beyond the phase of novelty?

This blog includes a series of posts that stem from readings and other source materials in the Fall 2011 “Collaboration in Networked Environments” at The New School. For more Collaboration: Key Concepts posts, click here.