Review of Collaborative media: production, consumption and design interventions

Herman, Ana Maria. 2015. Review of Collaborative media: production, consumption and design interventions. Media, Culture & Society, 37(1), pp. 154-155. ISSN 0163-4437 [Article]

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In Collaborative Media: Production, Consumption and Design Interventions, Jonas Löwgren and Bo Reimer seek to expose the inadequacy of terms such as ‘digital media’, ‘social media’ and ‘new media’. These terms do not, according to the authors, capture the qualities or characteristics of everyday media practices. This is so particularly given the recent technological developments in new media that have allowed users not only to consume but also to produce and even design media. To denote a new cultural form that has emerged, they propose instead the term ‘collaborative media’, a term they believe better reflects the action-oriented component of media and, perhaps more precisely, the recent practices made possible by new media – that is, ‘collaborative, mediated practice’ (p. 15).

The authors’ proposal draws on several schools of thought. These include cultural theory, which is mined specifically for conceptions of mass communication processes (those of Stuart Hall), and actor–network theory, which is brought in for its proposal to consider both humans and nonhumans in the analysis of social action (referencing the work of Bruno Latour). The book, organised in three parts, is meant to achieve two main goals: …

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