Van Dijck’s Model for Social Media Platforms

I’m going to be completely honest: I found this model extremely confusing when I first read the chapter assigned to us. I think it’s probably due to the severe lack of visual representation of the model.

Van Dijck leaves us with a Venn diagram of six overlapping circles representing the six aspects of social media platforms. While this diagram does a good job of showing us how a platform is made up of these six things such that they’re interconnected.

I decided to build on that representation, as well that circular representation that we looked at in class on Tuesday. Here are the notes I came up with:

Obviously, this is not a complete representation of the model as discussed in the reading or in class. However, it may be a good starting point if you’re reviewing or looking to deepen your understanding.

Hope it’s helpful!

Sources:
PureSolution Design. Set of Flat Line Icons. Behance, https://www.behance.net/gallery/24885487/Set-of-Flat-Line-Icons.
Dijck, Jose van. “Disassembling Platforms, Reassembling Sociality.” The Culture of Connectivity: a Critical History of Social Media, Oxford University Press, 2013.

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3 thoughts on “Van Dijck’s Model for Social Media Platforms

  1. I agree that when we first starting learning about Van Dijck’s Model for Social Media Platforms, I couldn’t quite grasp what it was trying to convey. I really like how you simplified the model for us and tried to make it so much easier to understand.

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  2. Absolutely love the much more elaborate diagram you’ve made here, honestly I would much prefer this one be included for understanding while Van Dijck’s for simplicity. Great job! I agree that first seeing the initial model I was at a loss for words regarding understanding it

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