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Six Degrees of Reputation: The Use and Abuse of Online Review and Recommendation Systems

Shay David and Trevor Pinch

in Living in a Material World: Economic Sociology Meets Science and Technology Studies

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262162524
eISBN:
9780262281607
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262162524.003.0012
Subject:
Society and Culture, Technology and Society

This chapter describes the online book reviewing and recommendation system, and analyzes the system of Amazon.com that features six discrete levels of reputation management, known as “six degrees of ... More


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Alberto Acerbi

in Cultural Evolution in the Digital Age

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9780198835943
eISBN:
9780191873331
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198835943.003.0004
Subject:
Psychology, Evolutionary Psychology

The tendency to copy the majority is the topic of the fourth chapter. The fact that online popularity produces long-tailed distributions is often presented as an argument to show the power of online ... More


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