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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Second, because these are poor societies, and because they are non-Western
and so consume media forms that have little to do with the West (such as Arab
music in Tanzania or Indian music in Senegal), the manifold practices of copying
Often in the ways media travel in the world, pirate and legal media are so
thoroughly intertwined that it is hard to ... It also means that analytic attention is
dominated by the media forms that generate the most money and are thus
subject to the ...
Similarly, dealers primarily price based on rarity, but a card like Blue Eyes, which
has a prominent role in the narrative forms, fetches a higher price than other
cards of similar scarcity. While the intertextual dynamics of media mixing have ...
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