Participatory Culture

The digital world has created a space for people to connect, interact, and among most things participate in the digital culture that has emerged. Henry Jenkins addresses the term participatory culture in Convergence Culture: Where Old and New Media Collide. What is interesting is the way in which questions about participation come into play. Who gets to participate in specific digital realms and events? What kinds of people are frequently participating in specific media? Different consumers participate in different kinds of media. Jenkins writes, “Each of us constructs our own personal mythology from bits and fragments of information extracted from the media flow and transformed into resources through which we make sense of our everyday lives” (Jenkins 9).

Jenkins believes that education and religion are key players in participatory culture. “We can read this debate as a reaction against many of the properties of convergence culture we have seen so far-against the expansion of fictional realms across multiple media, against the desire to master the arcane details of those texts and turn them into resources for a more participatory culture” (Jenkins 204). In participatory culture, there are many participants and those participants help those who are more recently trying to participate. There is a narrative being constantly constructed from the participants who are interacting with one another.

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