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New Media Technologies and User Empowerment

Pierson, Jo / Mante-Meijer, Enid / Loos, Eugène (eds.)

New Media Technologies and User Empowerment

Series: Participation in Broadband Society - Volume 6

Year of Publication: 2011

Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2011. 317 pp., num. fig. and tables
ISBN 978-3-631-60031-3 hb.  (Hardcover)

Weight: 0.510 kg, 1.124 lbs

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Book synopsis

Recent developments in new media have led to the rise of what has become known as ‘social media’. The shift towards mass self-communication has lowered the technological thresholds for everyday users to connect and to become ‘produsers’ in media life. However, the question is to what extent users interacting in this ecosystem are empowered – and not disempowered – to express their creativity and concerns and to obtain a prominent role in new media design and innovation.


Contents: Yves Punie: Introduction: New Media Technologies and User Empowerment. Is there a Happy Ending? – Enid Mante-Meijer/Eugène Loos: Innovation and the Role of Push and Pull – Valerie Frissen/Mijke Slot: The Return of the Bricoleur: Redefining Media Business – Serge Proulx/Lorna Heaton: Forms of User Contribution in Online Communities: Mechanisms of Mutual Recognition between Contributors – Aphra Kerr/Stefano de Paoli/Christiano Storni: Rethinking the Role of Users in ICT Design: Reflections for the Internet – James Stewart/Laurence Claeys: Problems and Opportunities of Interdisciplinary Work Involving Users in Speculative Research for Innovation of Novel ICT Applications – Marinka Vangengck/Jo Pierson/Wendy Van den Broeck/Bram Lievens: User-Driven Innovation in the Case of Three-Dimensional Urban Environments – Mijke Slot: Web Roles Re-examined: Exploring User Roles in the Media Environment – Philip Ely/David Frohlich/Nicola Green: Uncertainty, Upheavals and Upgrades: Digital-DIY during Life-change – Eva K. Törnquist: In Search of Elks and Birds: Two Case Studies on the Creative Use of ICT in Sweden – Levente Szekely/Agnes Urban: Over the Innovators and Early Adopters: Incentives and Obstacles of Internet Usage – James Stewart/Richard Coyne/Penny Travlou/Mark Wright/Henrik Ekeus: The Memory Space and the Conference: Exploring Future Uses of Web2.0 and Mobile Internet through Design Interventions – Sanna Martilla/Kati Hyyppä/Kari-Hans Kommonen: Co-Design of a Software Toolkit for Media Practices: P2P-Fusion Case Study – Ike Picone: Mapping Users’ Motivations and Thresholds for Casually «Produsing» News – Stijn Bannier: The Musical Network 2.0 & 3.0 – Enid Mante-Meijer/Jo Pierson/Eugène Loos: Conclusion: Substantiating User Empowerment.

About the author(s)/editor(s)

Jo Pierson is Professor at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel – Department of Communication Studies / SMIT (Studies on Media, Information and Telecommunication).
Enid Mante-Meijer is emeritus Professor at Utrecht University – Utrecht School of Governance.
Eugène Loos is Professor at the University of Amsterdam – Department of Communication Science / ASCoR (Amsterdam School of Communication Research).


«This collection provides numerous and refreshing insights into the claims about the ever more proactive role of users of ICT. It is a welcome and useful contribution to the field.» (Leslie Haddon, LSE – London School of Economics and Political Sciences)
«This work explores the rhetoric of user empowerment that surrounds Web 2.0. A very welcome addition to this field of research.» (Axel Bruns, author of ‘Blogs, Wikipedia, Second Life and Beyond: From Production to Produsage’)


Participation in Broadband Society. Vol. 6
Edited by Leopoldina Fortunati, Julian Gebhardt and Jane Vincent