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September 29, 2019: Defining Convergence and Participatory Culture

Henry Jenkins states that convergence culture is the mixing of the old and new culture.[1] There are many instances of convergence culture now more then ever and this trend will most likely keep growing. Songs that play on the radio or any other music streaming cite are examples of convergence culture. Songs from past become relevant again because people take those songs and add a modern twist to it. Another example of this would be the movie remakes that have are going on now. A movie such as Ghostbusters,which originally released in 1984, was remade in 2016 with an all female lead cast instead of male. Examples such as this one shows how convergence culture is used to make slight increases in social inclusion and cultural diversity.[2]

Participatory culture is what Henry Jenkins states as the idea that people can throw out ideas into the world and those ideas are brought back in an improved way.[3]By participating in this, people can gain new perspectives from the ideas that they have thrown out. People nowadays have become more than consumers and can now become producers themselves. In participatory culture, the ability to collaborate and network is important. [4]With the help of technology, this helps the process go by even faster. You can make communities on social media cites and collaborate on ideas that they are interested in.

  • Jenkins, Henry (2006). Convergence Culture: Where Old and New Media Collide. New York: NYU Press. ISBN 0814743072.
  • Hutchinson (2016). "Moving convergence culture towards cultural intermediation: social media and cultural inclusion". 30: 158–170.
  • — (March 6, 2010). "Participatory Culture". TEDx Talks. Retrieved 2018-08-18.
  • Schiera R. & Schiera T. (2018). "Educational Artifacts and Participatory Culture: Ideas from Oman": 62–67.
  • Jenkins 2006, p. 2.
  • Hutchinson 2016, p. 158.
  • Jenkins 2010.
  • Schiera R. & Shciera T. 2018, p. 64.