Spreadable Media: Creating Value and Meaning in a Networked Culture
How sharing, linking, and liking have transformed the media and marketing industries
The authors challenge our notions of what goes “viral” and how by examining factors such as the nature of audience engagement and the environment of participation, and by contrasting the concepts of “stickiness”—aggregating attention in centralized places—with “spreadability”—dispersing content widely through both formal and informal networks. The former has often been the measure of media success in the online world, but the latter describes the actual ways content travels through social media. The book explores the internal tensions businesses face as they adapt to this new, spreadable, communication reality and argues for the need to shift from “hearing” to “listening” in corporate culture.
Now with a new afterword addressing changes in the media industry, audience participation, and political reporting, and drawing on modern examples from online activism campaigns, film, music, television, advertising, and social media—from both the U.S. and around the world—the authors illustrate the contours of our current media environment. For all of us who actively create and share content, Spreadable Media provides a clear understanding of how people are spreading ideas and the implications these activities have for business, politics, and everyday life, both on- and offline.
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A wide-ranging examination of the contemporary media environment as individuals increasingly control their own creation of content.Jenkins (Communication and Journalism/Univ. of Southern California ... Read full review
1 Where Web 20 Went Wrong
2 Reappraising the Residual
3 The Value of Media Engagement
4 What Constitutes Meaningful Participation?
5 Designing for Spreadability
6 Courting Supporters for Independent Media