Convergence Culture: Where Old and New Media Collide (Google eBook)

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NYU Press, Aug 1, 2006 - Social Science - 368 pages
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Winner of the 2007 Society for Cinema and Media Studies Katherine Singer Kovacs Book Award

2007 Choice Outstanding Academic Title

Convergence Culture maps a new territory: where old and new media intersect, where grassroots and corporate media collide, where the power of the media producer and the power of the consumer interact in unpredictable ways.

Henry Jenkins, one of America’s most respected media analysts, delves beneath the new media hype to uncover the important cultural transformations that are taking place as media converge. He takes us into the secret world of Survivor Spoilers, where avid internet users pool their knowledge to unearth the show’s secrets before they are revealed on the air. He introduces us to young Harry Potter fans who are writing their own Hogwarts tales while executives at Warner Brothers struggle for control of their franchise. He shows us how The Matrix has pushed transmedia storytelling to new levels, creating a fictional world where consumers track down bits of the story across multiple media channels.Jenkins argues that struggles over convergence will redefine the face of American popular culture. Industry leaders see opportunities to direct content across many channels to increase revenue and broaden markets. At the same time, consumers envision a liberated public sphere, free of network controls, in a decentralized media environment. Sometimes corporate and grassroots efforts reinforce each other, creating closer, more rewarding relations between media producers and consumers. Sometimes these two forces are at war.

Jenkins provides a riveting introduction to the world where every story gets told and every brand gets sold across multiple media platforms. He explains the cultural shift that is occurring as consumers fight for control across disparate channels, changing the way we do business, elect our leaders, and educate our children.

  

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Contents

Worship at the Altar of Convergence A New Paradigm for Understanding Media Change
1
Spoiling Survivor The Anatomy of a Knowledge Community
25
Buying into American Idol How We Are Being Sold on Reality Television
59
Searching for the Origami Unicorn The Matrix and Transmedia Storytelling
93
Quentinm Tarantinos Star Wars? Grassroots Creativity Meets the Media Industry
131
Why Heather Can Write Media Literacy and the Harry Potter Wars
169
Photoshop for Democracy The New Relationship between Politics and Popular Culture
206
Democratizing Television? The Politics of Participation
240
Notes
261
Glossary
279
Index
295
About the Author
308
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Page 10 - Pool (1983b) foresaw that convergence of modes is blurring the lines between media, even between point-to-point communications, such as the post, telephone, and telegraph, and mass communications, such as the press, radio, and television. A single physical means — be it wires, cables or airwaves — may carry services that in the past were provided in separate ways. Conversely, a service that was provided in the past by any one medium — be it broadcasting, the press, or telephony — can now...
Page 11 - Freedom is fostered when the means of communication are dispersed, decentralized, and easily available, as are printing presses or microcomputers. Central control is more likely when the means of communication are concentrated, monopolized, and scarce, as are great networks.
Page 5 - The computer industry is converging with the television industry in the same sense that the automobile converged with the horse...

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Henry Jenkinsis Provosts Professor of Communication at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California. He was previously the DeFlorz Professor of Humanities and the Founder/Director of the Comparative Media Studies Program at MIT. The author or editor of eleven books includingTextual Poachers: Television Fans and Participatory CultureandFrom Barbie to Mortal Kombat: Gender and Computer Games, Jenkins also writes a regular column forTechnology Review.

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