Structures of Participation in Digital Culture
Social Science Research Council, 2007 - Computers - 284 pages
Digital technologies are engines of cultural innovation, from the virtualization of group networks and social identities to the digital convergence of textural and audio-visual media. User-centered content production, from Wikipedia and YouTube to Open Source, has become the emblem of this transformation, but the changes run deeper and wider than these novel organizational forms.
Digital culture is also about the transformation of what it means to be a creator within a vast and growing reservoir of media, data, computational power, and communicative possibilities. We have few tools and models for understanding the power of databases, network representations, filtering techniques, digital rights management, and other new architectures of agency and control. We have even fewer accounts of how these new capacities have transformed our shared cultures and our understanding of and capacities to act within them. This volume addresses these issues and supplies the demand for a comprehensive critical framework that places these developments in context.
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The old age, he argued, was one of diachrony and materialism: It gave us the
historicist visions of Darwin and Marx. This age, he argued, is that of synchrony
and form. When such an epistemic break is operated, the knowledge of the
What was different was as if in this new modern we were deprived of the ability to
think, our "social body" emptied out, prised open, "bodies without organs" as
Delueze and Guattari have argued, no time to reflect as in the old modernisms ...
Habermas argued, this process eroded the discursive habits and independent
capacities for judgment that gave substance to democracy's formal exercise in
elections. When James Boyle (2003) and other contemporary legal scholars
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