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The Strength of Weak Cooperation: An Attempt to Understand the Meaning of Web 2.0

Communications & Strategies, Vol. 65, pp. 51-65, First Quarter 2007

15 Pages Posted: 23 Aug 2007  

Christophe Aguiton

France Telecom - Research & Development

Dominique Cardon

France Telecom - Research & Development

Abstract

This paper examines some continuities and ruptures in the use of Web 2.0 such as blogs, social media, user-generated content services etc. vis-à-vis earlier web services. We hypothesize that one of the sociological characteristics of Web 2.0 services is that making personal production public creates a new articulation between individualism and solidarity, which reveals the strength of weak cooperation. Web 2.0 services allow individual contributors to experience cooperation ex post. The strength of the weak cooperation arises from the fact that it is not necessary for individuals to have an ex ante cooperative action plan or altruistic intention. They discover cooperative opportunities only by making public their individual production. The paper illustrates this phenomenon by analysing the uses of different services and by looking at the new process of innovation that appears through Barcamp and Coworking spaces.

Keywords: Web 2.0, weak cooperation, BarCamp

JEL Classification: L96, D43, D62, K29

Suggested Citation

Aguiton, Christophe and Cardon, Dominique, The Strength of Weak Cooperation: An Attempt to Understand the Meaning of Web 2.0. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1009070

Christophe Aguiton (Contact Author)

France Telecom - Research & Development ( email )

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France

Dominique Cardon

France Telecom - Research & Development ( email )

39-40 rue de General Leclerc
Issy-Les-Moulineaux, F-92131
France

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