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Behind the veils of discourse: Analysing the connection between discourse and exploitation on the ‘social’ internet

“The internet plays an increasingly important role in our societies. Firstly, ‘we all’ spend evermore time chatting or playing games at so-called ‘social’ media platforms. Secondly, the significance of the internet as an economic phenomenon increases. The net-worth of the internet increases annually. ‘Social’ media platforms are important contributors to these developments. Despite these economic facts, the internet is still given meaning in one dominant way: as ‘social’. These notions are questioned in my article. I analyse the connection between the discourse of the internet as ‘social’ and the exploitation of the users of these platforms. I find that this ‘social’ understanding which I call the ‘social’ myth conceals and increases exploitation.

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