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Making Media Studies

The Creativity Turn in Media and Communications Studies

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David Gauntlett

In Making Media Studies, David Gauntlett turns media and communications studies on its head. He proposes a vision of media studies based around doing and making – not about the acquisition of skills, as such, but an experience of building knowledge and understanding through creative hands-on engagement with all kinds of media. Gauntlett suggests that media studies scholars have failed to recognise the significance of everyday creativity – the vital drive of people to make, exchange, and learn together, supported by online networks. He argues that we should think about media in terms of conversations, inspirations, and making things happen. Media studies can be about genuine social change, if we recognise the significance of everyday creativity, work to transform our tools, and learn to use them wisely. Making Media Studies is a lively, readable, and heartfelt manifesto from the author of Making is Connecting.
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Chapter 3. Further Reflections on Media Studies 2.0

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FURTHER REFLECTIONS ON MEDIA STUDIES 2.0

Essentially, ‘Media Studies 2.0’ was the siren sounding on the deck of a sinking ship. It shouldn’t have come as a complete surprise. There had been early-warning signs—some of them are mentioned in the original article. So then the discipline whacked into the iceberg and powered down through the waters quite quickly. What hadn’t necessarily been anticipated was that it whirred, clunked and clicked, Transformers-style, into a stealthy submarine, picking up bonus communicators, weapons, and robot arms, and swooshed forth in a new guise, beeping, zapping and creating things along the way.

Well, that’s the optimistic version.

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