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New Media Technologies and User Empowerment

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Edited By Jo Pierson, Enid Mante-Meijer and Eugène Loos

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.

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7 Table of Content: New Media Technologies and User Empowerment (Volume VI) Yves Punie Introduction: New Media Technologies and User Empowerment. Is there a Happy Ending? ......................................................................................9 Part 1: Theoretical Perspectives on User Involvement and Empowerment Enid Mante-Meijer and Eugène Loos Innovation and the Role of Push and Pull........................................................... 27 Valerie Frissen and Mijke Slot The Return of the Bricoleur: Redefining Media Business ..................................45 Serge Proulx and Lorna Heaton Forms of User Contribution in Online Communities: Mechanisms of Mutual Recognition between Contributors ............................... 67 Part 2: User Approaches in ICT Design and Development Aphra Kerr, Stefano de Paoli and Christiano Storni Rethinking the Role of Users in ICT Design: Reflections for the Internet .................................................................................85 James Stewart and Laurence Claeys Problems and Opportunities of Interdisciplinary Work Involving Users in Speculative Research for Innovation of Novel ICT Applications ................101 Marinka Vangengck, Jo Pierson, Wendy Van den Broeck and Bram Lievens User-Driven Innovation in the Case of Three-Dimensional Urban Environments ......................................................... 123 8 Part 3: Differentiation in User Roles and Creativity Mijke Slot Web Roles Re-examined: Exploring User Roles in the Media Environment .............................................143 Philip Ely, David Frohlich and Nicola Green Uncertainty, Upheavals and Upgrades: Digital-DIY during Life-change .......................................................................163 Eva K. Törnquist In Search of Elks and Birds: Two Case Studies on the Creative Use of ICT in Sweden................................ 181 Levente Szekely and Agnes Urban Over the Innovators and Early Adopters: Incentives and Obstacles of Internet Usage ......................................................195 Part 4: Case Studies on User Empowerment James Stewart, Richard Coyne, Penny Travlou, Mark Wright...

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