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Producing Theory in a Digital World

The Intersection of Audiences and Production in Contemporary Theory


Rebecca Ann Lind

The netted human we may call Homo Irretitus resides in a space made possible by technologies frequently referred to as new media, social media, emerging media, and Web 2.0. Traditional conceptualizations of audiences and producers are shifting so the very making of our social practices, spaces, and contexts in this brave new world of the World Wide Web, the work of Homo Irretitus in this intersectional space, must be interrogated. If we are to understand this space, we should approach it from varied vantage points.
This book gathers scholars from both within and external to the core of new media studies, each of whom applies a unique theoretical perspective to the intersection of audience and production in the space enabled by emerging communications technologies. In doing so they help shed light on a variety of the tensions evident in the new digital spaces in which we create and recreate (and often produse) so much of our lives, our identities, and our selves. Focusing multiple spotlights on the intersection of audiences and production made possible by social software helps make clearer a more nuanced perspective than would otherwise be possible as well as opening up questions for further debate within the field.
Contents: Rebecca Ann Lind: Produsing Theory in a Digital World: Illuminating Homo Irretitus – Axel Bruns/Tim Highfield: Blogs, Twitter, and Breaking News: The Produsage of Citizen Journalism – Jay David Bolter: Procedure and Performance in an Era of Digital Media – Eric Freedman: Technobiography: Industry, Agency and the Networked Body – Paul Booth: Quest of the Magi: Playful Ideology and Demediation in MagiQuest – Shayla Thiel-Stern: Collaborative, Productive, Performative, Templated: Youth, Identity, and Breaking the Fourth Wall Online – Matt Hills: Psychoanalysis and Digital Fandom: Theorizing Spoilers and Fans’ Self-Narratives – Gust A. Yep/Miranda Olzman/Allen Conkle: Seven Stories from the «It Gets Better» Project: Progress Narratives, Politics of Affect, and the Question of Queer World-Making – Diego Costa: Black Penis/White Phallus: The Virtual Outsourcing of Perverse Labor (Or, the Cuckold Fantasy as Colonial Encounter) – Catherine Mcgeehin Heilferty: «An Internet Family»: Online Communication During Childhood Cancer – Brittney D. Lee/Lynne M. Webb: The Identity, Content, Community (ICC) Model of Blog Participation: A Test and Modification – Zizi Papacharissi: Afterword: A Remediation of Theory.