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Making Media Studies

The Creativity Turn in Media and Communications Studies


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 4. Creativity and Participatory Culture: A Conversation with Henry Jenkins


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A Conversation with Henry Jenkins

In August 2011, I had a written-down conversation with Henry Jenkins, Professor of Communication, Journalism, and Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California, which he published on his blog in three parts. I asked him if we could reproduce it here. ‘It’s always nice to be asked,’ he replied, but pointed out that his whole blog is published with a Creative Commons—Attribution license, which means we didn’t even need to bother asking, as long as we credit him. Good.

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