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 past decade has seen cultural innovation on a massive scale, from the
virtualization of group networks and social identities to the digital convergence of
text and audiovisual media. Although it is tempting to see technological change
as an ...
ated a network that supported not only survivability and interoperability but also a
very wide scope for future innovation. The lowest-level internet protocols
provided a platform for other networks and applications with more specific
Many companies— including technology companies—have been on both sides
of this issue, defending openness in markets where they are minority players,
while working to create chokepoints in areas of innovation where they dominate,
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