This is joint work building upon my prior work of bringing science and technology studies to the analysis of web based applications (see my work on Gaydar here and Facebook here). This work is undertaken with Jean Burgess (QUT) and Stefanie Duguay (Concordia).
In summary, apps for mobile devices have become significant in the digital media landscape in the past decade. This work offers a systematic approach towards the generation of data about, and analysis of, mobile apps and their appropriation – the walkthrough.
The walkthrough interrogates an app to develop a network of associations amongst a variety of human and non-human actors, spanning its political economy, the app itself and the formal and informal points of innovation of which it is a part. A copy of the paper detailing this method can be found here: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/40327/.