• Cristina Miguel


This chapter explores the values and history of network culture, the commercial turn of the Internet, the field of Internet studies, and how social media platforms mediate communication in order to contextualize the study of intimacy in the age of social media. It introduces the concept of intimacy in digital contexts by discussing the tensions between privacy and publicity on social media interaction, as well as the interplay between the politics of platforms and the intimacy practices that take place through them. Finally, it presents an outline of the content of the rest of the chapters.


Internet history Internet studies Intimacy Network culture Social media 


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  • Cristina Miguel
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  1. 1.Business SchoolLeeds Beckett UniversityLeedsUK

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