LinkedIn sure enjoys tension


Tension what a word, it can be applied to a variety of occurrences and outcomes both tactile and ethereal. That’s right ladies and gentleman tension arises between those devices we hold so dearly to our heart, until an upgrade comes along, of course. As consumers’ we prefer devices that enable us to easily access technology but this can be prohibited through copyright.

In Henry Jenkins ‘The Cultural Logic of Media Convergence’ he explores the concept of citizenship in regards to the future; he states “we lose the ability to have any real influence over the direction that our culture takes if we do not find ways to engage in active dialogue with media industries.” This prominent thought reflects LinkedIn as a whole. The website has created a globalised network, closing the gap between time, location, and language, while establishing its own business orientated empire; however this empire fails to avoid concerns. It is evident that their previous ideology has come under scrutiny. In former blogs I have raised that their main objective is “member’s first” but yet they have the ability to use your private information for their own purposes. Users are able to change that, by simply altering the privacy settings. Jenkins reiterates we need to be aware of privacy.

(A user effected by LinkedIn’s sneaky privacy tactics)

In late 2013, LinkedIn failed to protect user’s information to a satisfactory level. This was reiterated in “Security experts warn against using LinkedIn Intro app for Apple iPhone”; “Jordan Wright, a security engineer at CoNetrix, said he was able to spoof intro profile information, using a technique that a criminal could easily replicate for a phishing attack.” Jenkins also acknowledges; “For the foreseeable future, convergence will be a kind of kludge – a jerry-rigged relationship between different media technologies – rather than a fully integrated system.” This is clearly highlighted through the relationship between Apple and LinkedIn. These organisations possibly want a globalized society where our citizenship and identity can be controlled by the media platforms we invest and advertise in.

Jenkins, H 2004, ‘The cultural logic of media convergence’, International Journal of Cultural Studies, vol. 7, no.1, pp. 33–43.



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