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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These analogies supported the notion of segregated functions for the media in
public life with correspondingly separate infrastructures for content production
and distribution. These assumptions were congenial to the industry view that the
With the shift to online distribution, technically enforced regionalized pricing can
be deployed even more effectively. Apple's iTunes Music Store, for example, has
established different pricing structures for different countries; their digital rights ...
Nearly all the major actors in the content industry understand these legal efforts
as stopgap measures— bad for public relations and of dubious value in slowing
the growth of informal distribution, but of potentially greater value in fostering a ...
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