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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In particular, the medieval notary played a crucial role in the emerging sociolegal
relations of the emerging absolutist state. Says one historian, Stenography
transforms the spoken word into the written. Copying transforms the One into the
example, loss-making productions have been released in the pirate market in an
effort to recover costs.20 Ongoing research into copy culture in the urban
morphology of Delhi throws up an interesting picture of emerging conflicts on
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 ...
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