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The darker turn of intimate machines: dark webs and (post)social media

Cinque, Toija 2021, The darker turn of intimate machines: dark webs and (post)social media, Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies, pp. 1-13, doi: 10.1080/10304312.2021.1983252.

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Title The darker turn of intimate machines: dark webs and (post)social media
Author(s) Cinque, ToijaORCID iD for Cinque, Toija orcid.org/0000-0001-9845-3953
Journal name Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies
Start page 1
End page 13
Total pages 13
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication Abingdon, Eng.
Publication date 2021
ISSN 1030-4312
Keyword(s) (post) social media
critical studies in data cultures
dark social spaces
dark social studies
dark web
identity
intimacy
social network
surveillance
Summary Newly emerging technologies for digital communication facilitate rapid data collection, storage and processing whereby subsequent interactions can be unpredictable. This creates a ‘darker turn’ in neo-communicative practices. That, which is 'dark' is understood as communication that has either limited distribution, is not open to all users – closed groups by way of example – or is veiled. Dark social spaces are, however, indistinct requiring further study. This is giving rise to new work in what I call ‘dark social studies’. To further explore the nature and use of dark social spaces, a digital (auto) ethnographic study of ‘dark’ social connection was undertaken. The analysis specifically focused on Mastodon, Galaxy3 and 8Kun’s ‘.onion’ available over Tor (The Onion Router). This article concludes that for a number, virtual ‘dark’ spaces provide affirmative, intimate and vital zones of connection to others and peer collaboration. Further, the interconnected and interactive capacity of dark social spaces facilitates user expectations for dark connection while exposing simultaneously the limitations of our intimate machines.
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Language eng
DOI 10.1080/10304312.2021.1983252
Field of Research 200101 Communication Studies
200102 Communication Technology and Digital Media Studies
200104 Media Studies
200204 Cultural Theory
200212 Screen and Media Culture
1902 Film, Television and Digital Media
2001 Communication and Media Studies
2002 Cultural Studies
Socio Economic Objective 950204 The Media
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Free to Read? Yes
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30157098

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