Constitutive interference: Spam and online communities

Finn Brunton

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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 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Cultural Studies
  • General Arts and Humanities
  • Sociology and Political Science


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