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Unformatted text preview: a scholar Henry Jenkins refers to as “participatory culture.”4 What Is Participatory Culture?
Jenkins deﬁnes participatory culture as a culture with
● low barriers to creative expression and civic engagement,
support and mentorship among members for each other’s creations, and
feelings of social connection between members and belief that their contributions
matter. Members can participate through afﬁliation (formal or informal membership in groups
such as Facebook or Twitter), expression (producing new creative forms such as videos,
zines, and mash-ups), collaborative problem-solving (working in formal or informal teams
to develop new knowledge or complete tasks, such as through Wikipedia), and circulations (shaping the ﬂow of media through blogging, micro-blogging, or podcasting).5
Being part of this new media landscape requires more than just the ability to read
or use a computer. Other social skills, competencies, and “literacies” that are hallmarks
of this culture include 900630_15_appC.indd 492 12-12-04 4:14 PM APPENDIX C I SOCIAL MEDIA AND NETWORKING ●
● ● ● ● 493 judgement—the ability to evaluate the reliability and credibility of information sources;
networking—the ability to search for, disseminate, and synthesize information;
collective intelligence—the ability to pool knowledge and compare information
for common goals;
transmedia navigation—the ability to follow the ﬂow of stories across multiple
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