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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.

September 29, 2019: Participatory and Remix Culture with New Media

From looking at the readings, I learned about the concept of Read/Write and Read/Only culture. Lawrence Lessing states that RW culture is when people, or rather the "young people of the day" read about their culture and then add to that culture that they have just heard that is surrounded by them in their current life. [5] By participating in this, people can see how much a culture has either stayed the same or how it has evolved. RO culture only gives someone a look the culture, but they do not get a chance to add to that culture.

Participatory and remix culture relate to new media in the sense that because of new media, the way people partake in those cultures have changed. New media brings a new way to use the new technologies that come around. People do not have to rely solely on face-to-face communication to have collaborations on ideas. Collaborative and communication abilities are what makes participating in these cultures successful [4] With new medias such as social media cites like Facebook, this collaboration of ideas is made easier. On there, you can create groups for something that you are interested in and make it available for others who are interested in it to join and bounce ideas off of one another.

  • — (2008). Remix: Making Art and Commerce Thrive in the Hybrid Economy. New York: Penguin. ISBN 1594201722.
  • 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.
  • 4.0 4.1 Schiera R. & Shciera T. 2018, p. 64.
  • Lessing 2008, p. 28.