Seminar – Journalism and Media Research Centre
Title: JMRC 2008 Seminar Series
Dr Jean Burgess
Queensland University of Technology
Location: Room 127, Goodsell Building, UNSW
Whether celebratory or critical, too much scholarly discussion of 'Web 2.0' and participatory culture fails to fully engage with the specificity of the branded online communities where it happens. in this presentation Jean Burgess compares two such spaces -- flickr and youTube. Both of them are highly popular commercial platforms for user-created content, but they have very different business models, user communities, and aesthetic and social norms. Through this comparison Burgess demonstrates the importance and methodological challenges of treating particular branded spaces as research objects. She argues that an understanding of their specificity and complexity is essential to understanding the competing futures of participatory culture.
Journalism and Media Research Centre