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The Participatory Cultures Handbook

1st Edition

Edited by Aaron Delwiche, Jennifer Jacobs Henderson


294 pages

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

Our media landscape has undergone a seismic shift as digital technology has fostered the rise of "participatory culture," in which knowledge is originated, created, distributed, and evaluated in radically new ways. The Participatory Cultures Handbook is an indispensable, interdisciplinary guide to this rapidly changing terrain. With short, accessible essays from leading geographers, political scientists, communication theorists, game designers, activists, policy makers, physicists, and poets, this volume will introduce students to the concept of participatory culture, explain how researchers approach participatory culture studies, and provide original examples of participatory culture in action. Topics include crowdsourcing, crisis mapping, grid computing, digital activism in authoritarian countries, collaborative poetry, collective intelligence, participatory budgeting, and the relationship between video games and civic engagement.

Contributors include: 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


"From gaming to education, journalism, and criticism, this ambitious and exciting book covers the full gamut of the participatory culture world. An essential and very useful collection for anyone even remotely interested in the topic." —Bryan Alexander, Senior Fellow, National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education

"Recommended. [A] solid entrée into deeper thinking about participatory culture." –CHOICE, B.S. John, Old Dominion University

Table of Contents

I. What is Participatory Culture? 1. Introduction: What is Participatory Culture? Aaron Delwiche and Jennifer Henderson 2. Participative Pedagogy for a Literacy of Literacies Howard Rheingold 3. The New Left and the Computer Underground: Recovering Political Antecedents of Participatory Culture Aaron Delwiche 4. From Participation to Power Christopher Kelty 5. Wikis and Participatory Fandom Jason Mittell II. Creative Cultures 6. Who's Steeing the Mothership? The Role of the Fanboy Auteur in Transmedia Storytelling Suzanne Scott 7. The Guiding Spirit and the Powers That Be: A Response to Suzanne Scott Henry Jenkins 8. Collaborative Comics: The Story Behind Pixton Clive Goodinson 9. A Localization Shop's Tale: Bringing an Independent Japanese Role-Playing Game to North America Mia Consalvo 10. Collaborative New Media Poetry: Mixed and Remixed Thomas Swiss and Helen Burgess III. Knowledge Cultures 11. The Creative Conversation of Collective Intelligence Pierre Levy, translation by Phyllis Aronoff and Howard Scott 12. Blogging as a Free Frame of Reference Alexander Halavais 13. Crowdsourcing: A Model for Leveraging Online Communities Daren Brabham 14. From Cultures of Participation to the Rise of Crisis Mapping in a Networked World Sophia B. Liu and Jen Zemke 15. How Particle Physicists Constructed the World's Largest Grid: A Case Study in Participatory Cultures Sarah Pearce and Will Venters 16. Towards a Participatory Learning Culture Barry Joseph and Kelly Czarnecki IV. Civic Cultures 17. Participatory Democracy Dieter Fuchs 18. The Future of Participatory Budgeting: Political Participation and Practicable Policy Rolf Luehr and John Heaven 19. Digital Activism in Authoritarian Countries David M. Faris and Patrick Meier 20. Open House: Participatory Culture and Habitat for Humanity Cynthia Hawkins 21. Restructuring Civic Engagement: Meaningful Choice and Game Design Thinking Benjamin Stokes V. The Limitations and Challenges of Participatory Cultures 22. Participation and the Technological Imaginary--Interactivity or Interpassivity? Paul Taylor 23. Participatory Culture and Media Life: Approaching Freedom The Jannissary Collective: Peter Blank, Watson Brown, Mark Deuze, Lindsey Ems, Nicky Lewis, Jenna McWilliams, and Laura Speers 24. Participatory Culture and Media Life: Approaching Freedom Politics of Cultural Ownership Owen Gallagher 25. Legal Constraints on Participatory Culture in the United States: Anonymity, Concealment and Revelation Clay Calvert 26. The Expanding Role for Media Literacy in the Age of Participatory Cultures W. James Potter 27. Toward an Ethical Framework for Online Participatory Cultures Jennifer Henderson

About the Editors

Aaron Delwiche is an associate pofessor in the Department of Communication at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. He teaches courses on hacking subcultures, transmedia storytelling and video-game design and criticism. His experiments with games in the classroom have been covered by publications ranging from Wired to The Guardian (UK). In 2009, with support from the Lennox Foundation, he organized the lecture series "reality Hackers: The Next Wave of Media Revolutionaries"and published an anthology of essays related to the series.

Jennifer Jacobs Henderson is an associate professor and chair of the Department of Communication at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. Dr. Henderson is the author of the 2010 book Defending the Good News: The Jehovah’s Witnesses and Their Plan to Expand the First Amendment. She specializes in issues of media law, the ethics of media, and the use of participatory cultures for political and social action. For more than a decade, she has been researching how voices outside of American mainstream discourse have pressured the government to expand free speech protections.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Communication Studies
REFERENCE / Handbooks & Manuals
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Popular Culture
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies