Different spaces: Exploring Facebook as heterotopia
Keywords:Facebook, Social Media, Heterotopia, Non-use, Space, Coveillance
In this paper we explore the space of Facebook, and use Michel Foucault’s concept of heterotopia to describe it. We show that the heterotopic nature of Facebook explains not only much of its attraction, but even more the discomfort that many people, users as well as non–users, experience in it. Analysing Facebook as a heterotopia brings its relation to other spaces into focus: it is a world in the world, that juxtaposes and merges other spaces into ‘une espace autre’.
How to Cite
Authors retain copyright to their work published in First Monday. Please see the footer of each article for details.