THE MYTH OF AMATEUR CROWDS

@article{Brabham2012THEMO,
  title={THE MYTH OF AMATEUR CROWDS},
  author={Daren C. Brabham},
  journal={Information, Communication \& Society},
  year={2012},
  volume={15},
  pages={394 - 410}
}
  • Daren C. Brabham
  • Published 13 March 2012
  • Sociology
  • Information, Communication & Society
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