Sharing and Web 2.0: The emergence of a keyword

  title={Sharing and Web 2.0: The emergence of a keyword},
  author={Nicholas A. John},
  journal={New Media \& Society},
  pages={167 - 182}
Sharing is the constitutive activity of Web 2.0. But when did ‘sharing’ become the term used to describe the activities that constitute participation in Web 2.0? What does sharing mean in this context? What is its rhetorical force? This paper argues that a new meaning of sharing has emerged in the context of Web 2.0 with three main features: fuzzy objects of sharing; the use of the word ‘share’ with no object at all; and presenting in terms of sharing functions of social network sites that used… Expand

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