The Participatory Cultures Handbook by Aaron Delwiche

By Aaron Delwiche

How did we get from Hollywood to YouTube? What makes Wikipedia so diversified from a conventional encyclopedia? Has blogging dismantled journalism as we all know it?

Our media panorama has gone through a seismic shift as electronic expertise has fostered the increase of "participatory culture," during which wisdom is originated, created, allotted, and evaluated in noticeably new methods. The Participatory Cultures Handbook is an imperative, interdisciplinary guide to this quickly altering terrain. With brief, available essays from top geographers, political scientists, communique theorists, online game designers, activists, coverage makers, physicists, and poets, this volume will introduce scholars to the concept that of participatory tradition, clarify how researchers procedure participatory tradition stories, and supply unique examples of participatory tradition in motion. themes comprise crowdsourcing, predicament mapping, grid computing, electronic activism in authoritarian international locations, collaborative poetry, collective intelligence, participatory budgeting, and the connection among games and civic engagement.

Contributors contain: Daren Brabham, Helen Burgess, Clay Calvert, Mia Consalvo, Kelly Czarnecki, David M. Faris, Dieter Fuchs, Owen Gallagher, Clive Goodinson, Alexander Halvais, Cynthia Hawkins, John Heaven, The Jannissary Collective, Henry Jenkins, Barry Joseph, Christopher Kelty, Pierre Lévy, Sophia B. Liu, Rolf Luehrs, Patrick Meier, Jason Mittell, Sarah Pearce, W. James Potter, Howard Rheingold, Suzanne Scott, Benjamin Stokes, Thomas Swiss, Paul Taylor, Will Venters, Jen Ziemke

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It is not referred to as a corporation or a nonprofit organization, though it does have various members who deal with financial issues of sustainability and practical issues of organization and planning—separated out as an official foundation called Wikimedia. Clearly it possesses elements of both publics and organizations, communities and non-profits, hierarchies and networks. It helps to make a distinction between a Formal Social Enterprise and an Organized Public. The point of this distinction is to capture, first, a simple and arbitrary distinction between formal and informal organization.

The absence of formal organizations of protest and participation are compensated with a politics of technical capacities. In the second case, however, Twitter, Inc. more or less autocratically structures participation in Twitter. They can pull the plug if they want to, they can succumb to the pressures of national governments, they can fall victim to hackers and other direct attacks. Twitter users have very little say in how Twitter is structured, and no option for changing that other than to opt out of using it.

The expectation that participation will yield outcomes for both participants and those structuring participation takes many forms; it is impossible to assess the meaning and effect of participation without making some distinctions that might be useful across the range of social reality—and not only in those places where specific technologies or specific forms of organization are present. The goal of distinctions is to produce comparisons that allow one to evaluate claims about what a thing is and what it can do.

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