The Management of Visibilities in the Digital Age: Introduction

Mikkel Flyverbom, Paul Leonardi, Cynthia Stohl, Michael Stohl

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    Abstract

    What we see, what we show and how we look are fundamental organizational concerns made ever more salient by the affordances, dynamics, and discourses of the digital age. Contemporary organizing practices are awash with material, mediated and managed visibilities: companies erect glass buildings with open and networked office spaces to efficiently share information, respond to stakeholder demands by crafting extensive transparency policies, and orchestrate the massive distribution of information online in the name of accountability. At the same time, states and corporations aggregate digital traces to track and profile citizens and users, while activists use the same tools to expose corporate and state malfeasance.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalInternational Journal of Communication
    Volume10
    Pages (from-to)98–109
    ISSN1932-8036
    Publication statusPublished - 2016

    Keywords

    • Digital age
    • Visibilities
    • Transparency

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