Cadernos Metrópole nº 55: The ambivalences and contradictions of social media

The Scientific Editors and Editorial Committee of the journal Cadernos Metrópole invite researchers from areas of knowledge that approach the urban and regional issue to send texts to the organization of volume 24, number 55, about the theme


The ambivalences and contradictions of social media


Editor: Lucia Santaella 


The internet as a mediator of social interactions started in the mid-1990s. However, from then to now, its use has undergone continuous transformations due to its increasing development into powerful search engines, new platforms, applications and, above all, due to the proliferation of computerized mobile devices. It is not by chance that the Web started to be numbered to characterize its different stages: Web 1.0 (the Web of static websites and portals, of visitation), Web 2.0 (the interactive Web of social networks, blogs, wikis, and mobile devices), Web 3.0, with its more intelligent filters to offer the best results for end users’ searches and, today, Web 4.0, with its recent increments - among them, the utilization of Artificial Intelligence algorithms to monitor users’ postings.

In its early stages, the Web produced a lot of euphoria because of the promises to democratize communication thanks to its places of participation for all, its emerging forms of socialization, its virtual communities, team works, and the first search engines. It was also the stage of street protests that depended on contagion processes by means of digital networks (smart mobs). However, the honeymoon did not last long. Little by little, the social media entered a stage of anticlimax, an insane stage of slaying postings, swearing and hate distillations, especially in moments of political heat. The anticlimax was intensified from 2016 onwards, under the effect of Trump’s election, of the Brexit win, and of the scandal of Cambridge Analytica and Facebook regarding the sale of personal data for electoral purposes. A while later, the dissemination of fake news gradually reached very high levels, due to the proliferation of bots and companies selling fake profiles on social media which they use to circulate contents that simulate, both visually and in terms of interactivity mechanisms, activities of media users. With this, an industry of bots was constituted, a clandestine market created to increase the number of followers and likes in certain accounts to spread lies.

More recently, the social media have decidedly entered the universe of artificial intelligence. Everything that is posted on the platforms of large technology companies is manipulated by algorithms capable of designing, in an extremely precise way, the profile of each user in an unprecedented process of surveillance and invasion of privacy. Two documentaries about this matter broadcast by Netflix, The Great Hack (2019) and The Social Dilemma (2020), potentialized a negativistic and deeply dystopian view of the social media. However, it is important to remember that the social media are much more complex than what is portrayed by an exclusively dystopian view. Today, many other benefits are provided, like games and educational platforms, e-commerce, geospatial contexts, etc.; not to mention the increment in connectivity thanks to semantic metadata, and the ubiquitousness that enables any resource to be connected to the Web, so that a wide range of services can be used everywhere. Bearing this in mind, this call for papers invites authors to explore the multidimensionality of the social media so that panoramas that are more faithful to its complexity can be designed.

Deadline to send manuscripts: NOVEMBER 30, 2021





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