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Affective capitalism of knowing and the society of search engine
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of ALM.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9196-2106
2016 (English)In: Aslib Journal of Information Management, ISSN 2050-3806, E-ISSN 2050-3814, Vol. 68, no 5, 566-588 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose The purpose of this paper is to discuss the affective premises and economics of the influence of search engines on knowing and informing in the contemporary society.

Design/methodology/approach A conceptual discussion of the affective premises and framings of the capitalist economics of knowing is presented.

Findings The main proposition of this text is that the exploitation of affects is entwined in the competing market and emancipatory discourses and counter-discourses both as intentional interventions, and perhaps even more significantly, as unintentional influences that shape the ways of knowing in the peripheries of the regime that shape cultural constellations of their own. Affective capitalism bounds and frames our ways of knowing in ways that are difficult to anticipate and read even from the context of the regime itself.

Originality/value In the relatively extensive discussion on the role of affects in the contemporary capitalism, influence of affects on knowing and their relation to search engine use has received little explicit attention so far.

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2016. Vol. 68, no 5, 566-588 p.
Keyword [en]
Capitalism, Affect, Knowing, Search engines, Appropriation, Solvability
National Category
Information Studies
Research subject
Library and Information Science; Information Systems
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-307173DOI: 10.1108/AJIM-11-2015-0178ISI: 000385966300003OAI: diva2:1045556
Available from: 2016-11-10 Created: 2016-11-10 Last updated: 2016-11-23Bibliographically approved

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