Qualities of Sharing and their Transformations in the Digital Age


  • Andreas Wittel




This article examines the social side of sharing. It is an attempt to work towards a sociological concept of sharing in the digital age. This is the hypothesis: different forms of sharing have different qualities with respect to the social. Digital technologies bring about new forms of sharing. In order to support this claim I will analyse the social qualities of sharing by focusing on the object, on what is being shared. Using an object-centred analysis it will be argued that digital forms of sharing introduce a new function of sharing. Whereas pre-digital sharing was about exchange, sharing with digital technologies is about exchange and about distribution.




How to Cite

Wittel, Andreas. 2011. “Qualities of Sharing and Their Transformations in the Digital Age”. The International Review of Information Ethics 15 (September). Edmonton, Canada:3-8. https://doi.org/10.29173/irie218.