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Amateur Media and Participatory Culture

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Susan Aasman is Associate Professor at the Media Studies Department and Director of the Centre for Digital Humanities at the Unive... Lire la suite
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Susan Aasman is Associate Professor at the Media Studies Department and Director of the Centre for Digital Humanities at the University of Groningen. Her field of expertise is in media history, with a particular interest in amateur film and documentaries, digital culture and digital archives, web history and digital history.

Dr Annamaria Motrescu-Mayes is a Visiting Lecturer in new and digital media at the Department of Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge, Fellow and Tutor at Clare Hall, and a member of the Cambridge Digital Humanities Network. Her current research and teaching centres on new theoretical models drawing on visual culture, cognitive psychology, and postcolonial studies.


Amateur Media and Participatory Cultures aims to sketch the boundary line between today's amateur media practice and the canons of professional media and film practice. Identifying various feasible interpretative frameworks, from historical to anthropological perspectives, it helps develop a critical language able to cope with amateur and new media's rapid technological and interpretative developments.

Conscious of the fact that amateur media continue to be seen as the benchmark of visual records of authentic rather than mass-media derived events, Annamaria Motrescu-Mayes and Susan Aasman pay particular attention to the ways in which diverse sets of concepts of amateur media have now merged across global visual narratives and everyday communication protocols. Building on key research questions and content analysis in media and communication studies, they have assessed differences between professional and amateur media productions based on the ways in which the 'originators' of an image have been influenced by, or have challenged their context of production. This proposes that technical skills, degrees of staging and/or censoring visual information, and patterns in media socialization define central differences between professional and amateur media production, distribution and consumption.

The book's methodical and interdisciplinary approach provides valuable insights regarding the ways in which visual experiences and memory are currently shaped, stored and re-distributed across new media technologies and visual channels.



Chapter 1. From marginal to mainstream: a history of amateur media

Chapter 2. Everyday complexities and contradictions in contemporary amateur media

Chapter 3. The non-ephemeral amateur media and constructions of Self

Chapter 4. The politics of ethical representation in amateur media

Chapter 5. Memory and amateur media's visual counter-histories

Chapter 6. Lost and found: amateur media in the archive



Informations sur le produit

Titre: Amateur Media and Participatory Culture
Sous-titre: Film, Video, and Digital Media
Code EAN: 9781138226159
ISBN: 978-1-138-22615-9
Format: Couverture cartonnée
Editeur: Taylor and Francis
Genre: Sociologie
nombre de pages: 192
Poids: g
Taille: H234mm x B156mm
Année: 2018


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