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- Caring about the plumbing: On the importance of architectures in social studies of (peer-to-peer) technology - Francesca Musiani (Journal of Peer Production) -
"This article discusses the relevance, for scholars working on social studies of network media, of addressing elements of application architecture and design as an integral part of their subject of study. By discussing an ongoing research on “alternative” or “legitimate” (Verma, 2004) applications of P2P networking models, the article argues that social studies of network media need to “care about the plumbing,” or as Susan Leigh Star has effectively put it, “surface invisible work” (1999, p. 385) underlying networked practices, uses and exchanges – as an integral part of the “processes of constitution, organization, and change of […] the network society” (Castells, 2000, p. 693)." -
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