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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 5. On Making Media Studies—a Crowdsourced Interview


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Back in 2009, I did a ‘crowdsourced’ interview for a book called Mashup Cultures—which is a fancy way of saying we invited people to send in questions via Twitter and email, and then I responded to a selection of them. That seemed to go quite well, and I was intending to include that interview in this book. But, as I explained in a May 2014 blog post, ‘I looked at the interview just now, and to be honest it’s all a bit old really. The reading public deserve better! Or at least—newer!’.

So I invited people to send in new questions, via my blog, or Twitter, or email. They did, and asked some great and challenging questions, so here’s a new interview, produced in 2014.

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