Jenkins, Henry (2006) Convergence Culture


Argument – New media aren’t replacing old media. But they are enabling new forms of participation, collaboration and grassroots communication that are democratizing cultural production.  People can use these tools to increase their power, democratize society, and increase diversity.  However, Jenkins cautions that we must not jump to triumphant narratives of progress and technological inevitability … Continue reading

Stuart Hall (1980) “Cultural Studies: Two Paradigms”


Link to Summary  | Another summary Main Argument:  Since the 1950s, cultural studies has formed around two overlapping but distinct paradigms: culturalist and structuralist. Questions: Is this article dated? Have approaches emerged and shifted since Hall was writing in 1980? For example, where do feminist, queer, and postcolonial discourses fit in? Also, is structuralism much … Continue reading

Featherstone (1990) Perspectives on Consumer Culture


Link to Oxford Bibliography >>  | Argument – Our relationship to material culture has sociological significance and consumption can not be viewed as a simple by-product of production.  Consumer culture has been studied in three key ways 1.) “the production of consumption”, 2.) “modes of consumption” and 3.) “the emotional and aesthetic pleasures” of consumption.  … Continue reading

Manovich (2001) The Language of New Media


Link to text >>  |  Link to Video>>  |  Link to Review>> Argument – Manovich maps out parameters to define what new media is, what distinguishes it from old media, how it developed out of other media forms, and how it can be studied.  Throughout the book he situates new media in relation to older … Continue reading