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An investigation into the phenomenon and discourse of Work Out Loud
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18 May 2016
Networked technologies offer new ways of working; Work Out Loud [WOL] is one such way. Defined as “narrating your work + observable work” (Williams, 2010), Work Out Loud practices are rapidly gaining widespread adoption both in open networks (the web) or within enterprise social network platforms [ESNs].
Language plays a crucial role in constructing the WOL phenomenon. The phrase captures something and the use of benign language aids ‘buy in’ from both individuals and organisations, which suggests issues pertinent to the ‘knowledge sharing paradox’ and masks relations of power in knowledge sharing practices.
Looking to the work of Michel Foucault, with its emphasis on knowledge, language and power, the research aims to discover how WOL is constructed through discourse and to show its effects. The task is to construct an archive of texts and carry out a discourse analysis to uncover hidden assumptions.