[Humanist] 24.333 exploring online participation
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willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Sun Sep 12 22:21:44 CEST 2010
Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 24, No. 333.
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Date: Fri, 10 Sep 2010 08:56:02 -0700 (PDT)
From: Laval Hunsucker <amoinsde at yahoo.com>
Subject: Re: [Humanist] 24.329 a calculated life? contemporary culture?
In-Reply-To: <20100909213924.003CC65FB0 at woodward.joyent.us>
Willard asked, under the subject-line "contemporary
cultural life" :
> Who has written about such phenomena most
> perceptively, what have they written?
One thing that comes to mind, though I don't know how
useful ( or perceptive ) you will find it, is Henry Jenkins,
_Fans, bloggers, and gamers : exploring participatory culture_
(New York [etc.] : New York University Press, c2006). - vi,
279 p. - ISBN 978-0-8147-4284-6 hbk ; 978-0-8147-4285-3
There's also something relevant, I think, in Zizi Papacharissi's
edited volume _Journalism and citizenship : new agendas in
communication_ (London : Routledge, 2009). - xvii, 213 p.
- ISBN 978-0-415-80499-8 hbk ; 978-0-415-80498-1 pbk
And I don't know how good your Dutch is, but there appeared
a quite relevant report a couple of years back from our Sociaal
en Cultureel Planbureau here, by Jos de Haan and Anna
Adolfsen, under the title _De virtuele cultuurbezoeker :
publieke belangstelling voor cultuurwebsites_ (158 p. ; ISBN
978-90-377-0357-3). It has a long English-language summary
on p.144-148. The research was carried out in cooperation
with the University of Rotterdam. It's available at
They've given it the English title "The virtual culture buff :
Public interest in cultural websites".
- Laval Hunsucker
----- Original Message ----
Date: Fri, 10 Sep 2010 07:31:52 +1000
From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk>
Subject: contemporary cultural life
In-Reply-To: <20100828233733.69D9A654FE at woodward.joyent.us>
I would greatly appreciate recommendations for online sites that focus
academically on contemporary cultural phenomena, esp those that seek to
engage others not just as viewers but also as participants. I would also
like to know about the technologies of online engagement: what we have
now that has been found to be especially effective, what possibilities
are envisioned for the near future, esp how social networking of the
sort manifested on Facebook and the like might be extended, intensified,
made better than it is.
I'm often less optimistic than perhaps I should be about the degree to
which people want to be involved online, to take an active role in
imagining communities and keeping them going. Who has written about such
phenomena most perceptively, what have they written? What succeeds, what
does not -- in general, with examples?
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