YouTube: Online Video and Participatory Culture

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John Wiley & Sons, Apr 16, 2013 - Social Science - 184 pages
YouTube is one of the most well-known and widely discussed sites of participatory media in the contemporary online environment, and it is the first genuinely mass-popular platform for user-created video. In this timely and comprehensive introduction to how YouTube is being used and why it matters, Burgess and Green discuss the ways that it relates to wider transformations in culture, society and the economy.
The book critically examines the public debates surrounding the site, demonstrating how it is central to struggles for authority and control in the new media environment. Drawing on a range of theoretical sources and empirical research, the authors discuss how YouTube is being used by the media industries, by audiences and amateur producers, and by particular communities of interest, and the ways in which these uses challenge existing ideas about cultural ‘production’ and ‘consumption’.
Rich with both concrete examples and featuring specially commissioned chapters by Henry Jenkins and John Hartley, the book is essential reading for anyone interested in the contemporary and future implications of online media. It will be particularly valuable for students and scholars in media, communication and cultural studies.

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I find this book very effective especially in a sense that my research is predominantly focused on YouTube


Chapter Two YouTube and the Mainstream Media
Chapter Three YouTubes Popular Culture
Chapter Four YouTubes Social Network
Chapter Five YouTubes Cultural Politics
Chapter Six YouTubes Uncertain Futures
What Happened Before YouTube
Digital Literacy and the Growth of Knowledge

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Jean Burgess is a research fellow at the Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation at Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia.

Joshua Green is a research manager and Postdoctoral Researcher in the Comparative Media Studies program at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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