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Social networking and digital media convergence: classification and its consequences for appropriation

Griffiths, M and Light, B 2008, 'Social networking and digital media convergence: classification and its consequences for appropriation' , Information Systems Frontiers, 10 (4) , pp. 447-459.

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Abstract

Within the field of Information Systems, a good proportion of research is concerned with the work organisation and this has, to some extent, restricted the kind of application areas given consideration. Yet, it is clear that information and communication technology deployments beyond the work organisation are acquiring increased importance in our lives. With this in mind, we offer a field study of the appropriation of an online play space known as Habbo Hotel. Habbo Hotel, as a site of media convergence, incorporates social networking and digital gaming functionality. Our research highlights the ethical problems such a dual classification of technology may bring. We focus upon a particular set of activities undertaken within and facilitated by the space—scamming. Scammers dupe members with respect to their ‘Furni’, virtual objects that have online and offline economic value. Through our analysis we show that sometimes, online activities are bracketed off from those defined as offline and that this can be related to how the technology is classified by members—as a social networking site and/or a digital game. In turn, this may affect members’ beliefs about rights and wrongs. We conclude that given increasing media convergence, the way forward is to continue the project of educating people regarding the difficulties of determining rights and wrongs, and how rights and wrongs may be acted out with respect to new technologies of play online and offline.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Social networking, digital gaming, ethics, classification, new media, social media, MUDs, online community, play, household adoption
Themes: Media, Digital Technology and the Creative Economy
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences
Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences > School of Arts & Media > Communication, Cultural & Media Studies Research Centre
Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences > School of Arts & Media
Journal or Publication Title: Information Systems Frontiers
Publisher: Springer
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1387-3326 (print) 1572-9419 (online)
Depositing User: BA Light
Date Deposited: 02 Sep 2011 13:04
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 18:06
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/17204

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