**UPDATE** This site is slowly become defunct. Head over to my university site instead.

This is the research site of Nicholas A. John. I’m a new media scholar, or a researcher of technology and society, or an internet student. It depends what I’m doing today. Whatever it is I’m doing it, I do it at the Department of Communication at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Right now, I’m embarking on a large study of sharing, especially in the context of Web 2.0, but also in relation to economies of sharing and the therapeutic narrative. There’s an article (entitled, “Sharing and Web 2.0: The emergence of a keyword”) about the development of the word “sharing” in the Web 2.0 context over at New Media & Society (profiled in The Huffington Post), and another one about some of the social logics of sharing in the Communication ReviewPolity Press want to publish the book that my research will produce (as long as it’s not tosh). I’ve got a piece on why file sharing is (and should be) called file sharing in the journal, Critical Studies in Media Communication.
I’m collecting all sorts of bits and pieces on sharing on a Tumblr page and on a parallel Scoop.It page. Note that that site is not a blog, but rather a collection of quotes and links that I think are relevant to sharing. It’s more of a scrapbook than an organized presentation of anything.
On this site you can read my PhD dissertation. If you just want to have a look at the good bits, there are three articles that have been published from it. One is about how the Internet arrived in Israel and became institutionalized there. You can read it here, but it’s not available for free, so if you can’t access it, email me [nicholas dot john at mail dot huji dot ac dot il] and I’ll let you have a copy. Another, published by the International Journal of Communication, is about how the early Internet in Israel was represented by different groups of actors. This one is freely available right here. Last, but most certainly not least, my article about Unicode, Hebrew and the construction of the multilingual internet has published by the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication. You can read it here.

You can also surf over to my privacy and technology blog, though that’s a bit quiet these days as most of my energy is focused on the sharing project.