The Construction of the Future of Platforms


  • Nico Carpentier Charles University, Institute of Communication Studies and Journalism
  • Miloš Hroch Charles University, Institute of Communication Studies and Journalism



Future, Futures Studies, Constructionism, Delphi method, Centralized Data Gathering, Platforms, Communication Technologies


The introduction of the special issue on the construction of the future of platforms provides the paradigmatic, conceptual and methodological framework for this special issue. Starting from a brief outline of the characteristics of the field of futures studies, the article supports the call to better embed in social and political theory, and frames the special issue, with its constructionist emphasis, as a contribution to this debate. In addition, the article provides an overview of the Delphi+ workshop method that was used, and describes the centralized data gathering process, into which all research articles of this special issue tap, to then produce their distinct analyses. This motivates the need to read this introduction alongside the five research articles that have been included in this special issue.

Author Biography

Nico Carpentier, Charles University, Institute of Communication Studies and Journalism

Nico Carpentier is Extraordinary Professor at Charles University (Prague, Czech Republic) and President of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (2020-2023). He also holds a part-time position at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB - Free University of Brussels, Belgium), as Associate Professor. Moreover, he is a Research Fellow at Loughborough University.


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How to Cite

Carpentier, N., & Hroch, M. (2024). Introduction: The Construction of the Future of Platforms. Central European Journal of Communication, 17(1(35), 2-16.