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Convergent Supersurfaces: Notes toward Theorizing the Relationship between Convergence and the (new) Political. Association of Internet Researchers, Gothenburg, October 2010.

Convergent Supersurfaces: Notes toward Theorizing the Relationship between Convergence and the (new) Political. Association of Internet Researchers, Gothenburg, October 2010.



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    • Notes toward Theorizing the Relationship between
      Convergence and the (new) Political
      Zizi Papacharissi, PhD
      Professor and Head
      Communication, U of Illinois-Chicago
      Convergent Supersurfaces
    • Democracy and Technology
      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)
    • Contemporary Democracies
      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
    • A New(er) Civic Vernacular
      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
    • Private Citizens in Domains Public, Private, and Hybrid
      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
    • The architecture of convergent spaces
      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
    • Convergent media/spaces/practices
      No sense of place
      Doubled-up space
      Multiplied space
    • 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
    • 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
    • THANK YOU!zizi@uic.edu