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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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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data

Gauntlett, David. Making media studies: the creativity turn in media and communications studies / David Gauntlett. pages cm. — (Digital formations; 93) Includes bibliographical references and index. 1. Mass media. 2. Communication. 3. Digital media. I. Title. P91.25.G38 302.23—dc23 2014040323 ISBN 978-1-4331-2335-1 (hardcover) ISBN 978-1-4331-2334-4 (paperback) ISBN 978-1-4539-1471-7 (e-book) ISSN 1526-3169

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© 2015 David Gauntlett Peter Lang Publishing, Inc., New York 29 Broadway, 18th floor, New York, NY 10006

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