Special issue of First Monday: Critical Perspectives on Web 2.0

I am pleased to announce the (open) publication of a special issue of First Monday on “Critical Perspectives on Web 2.0.”

This special issue was born from a panel I organized at AoIR, and features amazing contributions from Trebor Scholz, Matthew Allen, Kylie Jarrett, Søren Mørk Petersen, myself, Anders Albrechtslund, and David Silver.

My thanks to everyone who helped make this special issue a reality.

First Monday
Volume 13, Number 3 – 3 March 2008

Special issue: Critical Perspectives on Web 2.0
edited by Michael Zimmer

Preface: Critical Perspectives on Web 2.0
by Michael Zimmer

Market Ideology and the Myths of Web 2.0
by Trebor Scholz

Web 2.0: An argument against convergence
by Matthew Allen

Interactivity is Evil! A critical investigation of Web 2.0
by Kylie Jarrett

Loser Generated Content: From Participation to Exploitation
by Søren Mørk Petersen

The Externalities of Search 2.0: The Emerging Privacy Threats when the Drive for the Perfect Search Engine meets Web 2.0
by Michael Zimmer

Online Social Networking as Participatory Surveillance
by Anders Albrechtslund

History, Hype, and Hope: An Afterward
by David Silver


  1. getting academics to do anything collectively is like herding cats – it ain’t easy. thanks, michael, for putting this together – first as a conference panel and then as a special issue of first monday. i’m biased but i think it’s a really interesting and timely special issue.

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