Thursday, April 17, 2008
Nine Propositions Towards a cultural Theory of Youtube
The author discusses how youtibe is a "hybrid Meadi Space that serves as a meeting place for amatuer curators and creators. I makes the claim that it is valuable because because technology can be easily embeded and distributed in our lives in the form of media on these social networks. What I found was most interesting about this was the fact that this new technology and social networking allows people to transform the role within the comunity. It transforms passive observers of situations to active participants. Users are able to capture media, change media, and exchange media within their social networks. I found that what the author was really trying to get at was the idea of the digital divide vs. the participation gap. Certainly, looking at the digital divide, it is obvious that there are many people that do not have the resource to be active on online communities. The author looks at this as his cultural theory, meaning that if the digital divide and participation gap were made more balanced and active all across the board, these social networks would value from the new participatory culture and divirsity that would expand the overall distributive uses of sites like you tube.