The Politics and Promise of Craigslist
This introductory chapter is a brief overview on craigslist and its impact on digital culture. Most people think of craigslist as a simple-looking site with a few basic functions, but in terms of the platform's value to digital culture, craigslist is both popular and multifaceted. Craigslist is the nineteenth most visited website in the United States, and hosts tens of thousands of exchanges every day. Craigslist is at once a marketplace, a job hub, and a message board. To cover the complexity of such a platform, this chapter also presents the book's approach to telling the story of craigslist: through a discussion of craigslist's historical and legal context, user accounts of everyday successes and failures, and by thinking about craigslist's design and policies.
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