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Discussion points – Confronting the Challenges of Participatory Culture

Given that we were asked to read Confronting the Challenges of Participatory Culture entirely on the computer, it is appropriate that discussion notes should also be posted and read entirely on the computer as well.

According to Jenkins, participatory culture allows “artistic expression and civic engagement,” gives support for sharing with others, includes “mentorship … [for] … novices,” contributions of participants are meaningful, and connect people socially. (Jenkins, 7)

Jenkins also states that young people already are part of participatory culture through affiliations with online communities, expression through creative work using media, already utilize collaborative problem solving by working with others, and circulation by sharing of media (Jenkins, 8 )

The above can be affected by what Jenkins refers to as:

  • the participation gap – unequal access to technology (Jenkins, 3, 12)
  • the transparency problem – students’ potential lack of knowledge regarding the media itself (Jenkins, 3, 14)
  • the ethics challenge – the “breakdown of tradition forms” and students’ growth in media use and participation (Jenkins, 3, 16)

Personal note/direct observation – world of warcraft participants can create their own maps and societies and invite others to join them – this is a clear example of a young person experimenting with participatory culture

Jenkins says there are certain skills that young people utilize in participatory culture (Jenkins mentions both middle/secondary school as well as young college students) – those skills need to be nurtured and by educators and utilized to help students’ growth – the following terms define Jenkins’ theories – definitions can be found in the texzt on pages 4 and 56:

  • Play
  • Performance
  • Simulation
  • Appropriation
  • Multitasking
  • Distributed Cognition
  • Collective Intelligence
  • Judgment
  • Transmedia Navigation
  • Networking
  • Negotiation

We can define and discuss our understanding of the terms from Jenkins text noted above.

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