Platform Capitalism (Athina Karatzogianni & Petros Petridis)

Image from Digital Resistance: Explorations in Tactical Media (Critical Art Ensemble), 2001

This seminar will explore new economic and political regimes, practices and subjectivities that emerge in the context of platform capitalism. We will discuss topics and concepts such as the sharing economy, platform, digital activism, digital surveillance, virtual currencies, gamification, quantification, allegorithm, soft biopolitics, fan labor, and creationist capitalism.  Our analysis will be based on a combination of critical media theory and ethnographic research.


  • Karatzogianni, A. & Matthews, J. (2018). Platform Ideologies: Ideological Production in Digital Intermediation Platforms and Structural Effectivity in the “Sharing Economy”. Television & New Media 00(0), 1-20. SAGE Publications.
  • Karatzogianni, A. (2015). Firebrand Waves of Digital Activism 1994–2014 (Chapter 3, pages 66- 121).
  • Galloway A. (2006). Gaming: Essays on Algorithmic Culture. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press (Chapter 4, Allegories of Control).
  • Ruckenstein M. & Granroth J. (2019). Algorithms, advertising and the intimacy of surveillance, Journal of Cultural Economy.
  • Ruckenstein M. (2010). Currencies and Capitalisms on the Internet. Journal of Virtual Worlds Research 2(4), Virtual Economies, Virtual Goods and Service Delivery in Virtual Worlds.

Supplementary bibliography: Please, check the two docx files in the folder "platform capitalism".