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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and, sometimes as a corollary, the obsolescence or at least discomfiture of older
cultural industries. ... These conflicts have highlighted the social and legal
construction of digital culture in ways that, for older technologies, were
cultural futures Concern for the future of emerging user-centered dynamics
underlies our inquiry into the "structures of participation" of digital culture. One of
the core political commitments of this volume is to an expanded view of cultural ...
Digital technologies bring their own native characteristics that shape the
available forms of cultural participation and notions of freedom. The almost
limitless fungibility of digital representation is the most essential of these, with
arguably the ...
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