Isdt talk2010 v2-edited

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Isdt talk2010 v2-edited

  1. 1. Participation, Power& Online Platforms<br />Laura Stein<br />Lstein@mail.utexas.edu<br />
  2. 2. Overview<br />Alternative media scholarship/practice<br />Conceptual tools to examine the conditions of participation<br />Hopes/concerns for the future<br />
  3. 3. Alternative Media (Downing)<br />Offers alternative to mainstream media<br />Challenges existing power structures<br />Represents/empowers marginalized groups<br />Makes horizontal linkages between communities of interest<br />Provides an alternative public forum<br />
  4. 4. Alternative Dimensions<br />Content<br />Aesthetic<br />Organization<br />Relationship to Audience/Users<br />Noam Chomsky Reads the New York Times<br />Paper Tiger Reads Paper Tiger TV<br />
  5. 5. Paper Tiger Reads Paper Tiger Television <br />
  6. 6. Participatory Culture<br />Jenkins- digital media consumers actively participate in the creation and circulation of new content (though under unclear rules and conditions of differential power)<br />Benkler- radically decentralized, collaborative and nonproprietary ways of organizing production (commons-based peer production)<br />Participation fosters empowerment & democracy<br />
  7. 7. Critical Questions:<br />Do specific instances of participation challenge or reinforce existing power structures? <br />Are opportunities to participate equitably distributed?<br />What are the terms and conditions of participation?<br />Do governments and markets support or suppress participation?<br />
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  9. 9. Exercise (with 5 groups)<br />Pick a platform and collectively examine its platform policies [Facebook, YouTube, Blogger, Wikipedia, or Indymedia Portugal].<br />Where do these platform policies fall on the ladder of citizen participation? Why?<br />Briefly report your findings back to the larger group<br />
  10. 10. Selected Steps on the Ladder<br />Citizen control- puts citizens in full charge of policy and management<br />Delegated power- gives citizens majority of decision-making power<br />Partnership- lets people negotiate and engage in trade-offs with power-holders<br />Placation- people can advise, but power-holders retain right to judge legitimacy/feasibility of advice<br />Consultation- people can hear and be heard, but can’t insure they’re listened to<br />Informing- people may get necessary information, but the process is one-way with no opportunity for feedback or negotiation<br />

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