Participatory culture is a culture that encourages people to participate online with various activities. It can vary from something as simple as joining a Facebook group to creating and sharing videos on sites such as YouTube. There are different types of participatory culture these include
Affiliations Affiliations are things such as Facebook groups or MySpace groups that as an individual you join and become part of, it could be a group of any type from something simple or based around film or music to something political and thought provoking. By joining the group you are showing your support for the cause or appreciation of a particular subject. These are some examples of Affiliations I am involved in: Help For Heroes group - Facebook Just Keep Jon Venables In Prison For Good group - Facebook
Expressions Expressions are groups such as YouTube accounts or Deviant Art groups that individuals can use to express themselves in through movie making or creating pieces of art and posting it on the internet to share with wide audiences of people. Groups like this are open to anyone to express themselves artistically. People who are involved in this kind of participatory culture get feedback from others who are part of the same culture. www.youtube.com is a website used by people worldwide to access or to upload videos. From pranks and silly videos to major news stories everyday worldwide people access the content.
Collaborative Problem-Solving Collaborative Problem-Solving are groups that work to help on various different subjects, from computer games hints and tips to Photoshop tutorials or simply everyday subjects searched on Wikipedia for information. Some examples of this can include gamer forums to Google searches for answers or videos showing Photoshop tutorials.
Circulations There are different types of Circulations, MICRO which is information shared between friends or small groups of people, types of gossip and rumours. MACRO which is information that makes the headlines, the more serious subjects often covered by large groups of people and used by reporters and journalists to get stories. Some examples of MICRO circulations I am involved are: http:// forums.downloadfestival.co.uk/default.aspx Some examples of MACRO circulations include websites like: www.facebook.com www.twitter.com http://wikileaks.org - The media uses these websites to follow people and report on the public’s reactions to stories.