[iDC] Reference: Skills For Participatory Culture

Simon Biggs simon at babar.demon.co.uk
Sat Jan 6 11:03:58 EST 2007

This list misses out one key skill or resource - free time. Participatory
culture is hard to get involved with when other things are making major
demands on your time. I would have liked to have participated in this debate
but have simply not had the time to read most of the posts in any detail,
much less respond to any.



On 6/1/07 15:51, "Trebor Scholz" <trebor at thing.net> wrote:

> [When it comes to sharing URLs I find the personal Del.icio.us network in most
> cases more appropriate than mailing lists.
> But given our discussion you might appreciate the below reference to a post
> about the skills for participatory culture
> on the New Media Literacies website. - ts]
> <http://www.projectnml.org/node/308>
> Emerging Skills:
> Play -- a process of exploration and experimentation.
> Performance-- trying on and playing different identities.
> Navigation -- the ability to move across the media landscape in a purposeful
> manner, choosing the media that best serves a specific purpose or need, or
> which might best provide the
> information needed to serve a particular task.
> Resourcefulness -- the ability to identify and capitalize on existing
> resources.
> Networking -- the ability to identify a community of others who share common
> goals and interests.
> Negotiation -- the ability to communicate across differences as you move
> through a multicultural and global media landscape.
> Synthesis -- pulling together information from multiple sources, evaluating
> its reliability and use value, constructing a new picture of the world.
> Sampling -- mastering and transforming existing media content for the purposes
> of self and collective expression.
> Collaboration -- sharing information, pooling knowledge, comparing notes,
> evaluating evidence, and solving large scale problem.
> Teamwork -- the ability to identify specific functions for each member of the
> team based on their expertise and then to interact with the team members in an
> appropriate fashion.
> Judgment -- the ability to make aesthetic and ethical evaluations of media
> practices and to reflect on your own choices and their consequences.
> Discernment -- the ability to assess the accuracy and appropriateness of
> available information.
> These skills each lie at the intersection between the self and others. These
> are cultural skills and not individual skills. The goal is communication and
> participation, not simply
> self-expression, and that requires an understanding of the impact of one's
> ideas on others. Any ethical framework we develop should emerge from this
> understanding that media may have
> been personalized in the early 1990s but it is now collaborative and communal
> in an era of networked and mobile communications technologies.
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Simon Biggs

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Research Professor, Edinburgh College of Art

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