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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Hausa-language video films, for instance, have become the dominant media form
for tens of millions of Hausa in northern Nigeria, Cameroon, and Ghana by
drawing on the long-standing popularity of Indian films in Nigeria. As many of
... of Vivendi Universal, a wide- ranging global media conglomerate. This
trajectory was a common one in the electronic game industry in the 1990s, and it
maps closely onto the growth of games into the dominant global entertainment
In turn, the substantive meaning of freedom, at any particular moment, is
inseparable from the characteristics of these networks: Free speech is exercised
through the dominant technologies of communication; freedom of movement
through the ...
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