Notes towardTheorizing the Relationship between
Convergence and the (new) Political
Zizi Papacharissi, PhD
Professor and H...
 The mythology of the new
 Technology and space
 Public and private
fantasies of control and autonomy
A control is not ...
 Nostalgia for past forms of civic engagement
 Limitations to civic involvement presented by the
representative democrac...
 Developing across spaces publicly private and
privately public
 Resting upon convergent media, spaces and
practices
 S...
 Private expressions of citizenship
 Retrofitting old habits into new media
 Retreating to private space to go
public
...
 Convergence:
Technological/industrial/cultural/social
confluence in how media circulate within our
culture. Multiple med...
 No sense of place
 Doubled-up
space
 Multiplied space
 Supersurfaces
Images used courtesy Sophia Vyzoviti 2009
Images used courtesy Sophia Vyzoviti 2009
Convergent
Supersurfaces
Convergence of technologies
Convergence of spaces
Convergence of practices
Political activity mig...
5 New Civic Habits
1. The networked self and the culture of remote connectivity
2. A New Narcissism: Blogging
3. The Rebir...
Chapter available in A Private Sphere,
out now on Polity Press.
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  1. 1. Notes towardTheorizing the Relationship between Convergence and the (new) Political Zizi Papacharissi, PhD Professor and Head Communication, U of Illinois-Chicago
  2. 2.  The mythology of the new  Technology and space  Public and private fantasies of control and autonomy A control is not a discipline. In making highways, for example, you don’t enclose people but instead multiply the means of control. I am not saying that this is the highway’s exclusive purpose, but that people can drive infinitely and ‘freely’ without being confined yet while still being perfectly controlled. This is our future. (Deleuze, 1998, p. 18)
  3. 3.  Nostalgia for past forms of civic engagement  Limitations to civic involvement presented by the representative democracy model  Aggregation of public opinion  Declining civic participation through formal channels of political involvement  A cynical public
  4. 4.  Developing across spaces publicly private and privately public  Resting upon convergent media, spaces and practices  Suggesting newer modes of citizenship  Reforming metaphors of the past  A private sphere
  5. 5.  Private expressions of citizenship  Retrofitting old habits into new media  Retreating to private space to go public  Private and self-enclosed individuals, mobile privatization  Personal fantasies of autonomy, expression and control  Alone, connected
  6. 6.  Convergence: Technological/industrial/cultural/social confluence in how media circulate within our culture. Multiple media systems co-exist, content flows across platforms, audiences migrate toward newer entertainment experiences, multiple media industries cross-finance and cross-promote. A process and not a fixed relationship (Jenkins, 2006)  Remixed and remixable content (Manovich, 2005)  Not just a technological, but possessing a cultural logic of its own, blurring the lines between production and consumption, between making media and using media, and between active or passive spectatorship of mediated culture” (Deuze, 2007, p. 74).  Not a defining characteristic of all technology  Not a characteristic exclusive to technology
  7. 7.  No sense of place  Doubled-up space  Multiplied space  Supersurfaces Images used courtesy Sophia Vyzoviti 2009
  8. 8. Images used courtesy Sophia Vyzoviti 2009
  9. 9. Convergent Supersurfaces Convergence of technologies Convergence of spaces Convergence of practices Political activity migrates to architectures that are technologically sustained, upon the surface of pre-existing civic structures What happens to citizenship? Structured around acts of expression and connection Image used courtesy Sophia Vyzoviti 2009
  10. 10. 5 New Civic Habits 1. The networked self and the culture of remote connectivity 2. A New Narcissism: Blogging 3. The Rebirth of Satire and Subversion: YouTube 4. Social Media News Aggregators and the Plurality of Collaborative Filtering 5. The Agonistic Pluralism of Online Activism
  11. 11. Chapter available in A Private Sphere, out now on Polity Press.

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