[Humanist] 24.333 exploring online participation

Humanist Discussion Group 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
   Breukelen, Nederland

----- 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?

Many thanks.



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