DIY videos on YouTube: Identity and possibility in the age of algorithms

  • Christine T. Wolf

Abstract

This paper analyzes interviews with individuals discussing their experiences of searching for and watching DIY videos on YouTube. By exploring the entanglement of individuals’ search practices and the algorithmic underpinnings of the platform, this paper examines how experiences on Web 2.0 platforms can work to narrow, rather than widen, information worlds. Contributing to ongoing conversations in critical algorithm studies, this paper illustrates how even mundane practices like watching home repair videos on YouTube can play a role in identity-making and the shaping of modern subjectivities.

Author Biography

Christine T. Wolf

Ph.D. candidate in Informatics at the School of Information and Computer Sciences at University of California, Irvine and a student co-op researcher at IBM Research, Almaden Research Center.

Published
2016-06-10
How to Cite
Wolf, C. T. (2016). DIY videos on YouTube: Identity and possibility in the age of algorithms. First Monday, 21(6). https://doi.org/10.5210/fm.v21i6.6787