Account-Able Networking & Ethnomethodology, Tristan Thielmann

“Tristan Thielmann draws paradigmatic parallels between the development of ethnomethodology and media studies by outlining Harold Garfinkel’s theoretical and praxeological contributions to social media research. Based on the analysis of his “Sociological Theory of Information”, Thielmann demonstrates how the thingification of information within accounts determines the agency of communicative nets. Social media are, therefore, distinguishable from other document-based media mainly through their increased accountability. Taking this into account, it is possible to expose patterned socio-techniques already described by Garfinkel in the 1950s that remain characteristic of the web today.”

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