I wrote an article for Real Life on the questions raised by applying an object-oriented approach to user-generated content:
To paraphrase Saul Williams in The Dead Emcee Scrolls: “Data matters (becomes matter).” This approach to data materiality is important because it allows us to consider the material effects of our online representations of self (profile pictures, browsing history, social network activity), and how these reshape understandings of what it means to be human.
El-Hadi, N. (September 13, 2017). Being There: How marginalized communities can generate presence through digital circulation. Real Life.