Theories & Links

Teen Content Creators and Consumers....American teenagers today are utilizing the interactive capabilities of the internet as they create and share their own media creations. Fully half of all teens and 57% of teens who use the internet could be considered Content Creators. They have created a blog or webpage, posted original artwork, photography, stories or videos online or remixed online content into their own new creations.

Broadband changing life in US: study...."Always on" broadband internet hook-ups are transforming American life, empowering grass roots politics, moulding new work and shopping habits and bringing far flung families closer.

Is the British blogosphere lagging behind?...An opinionated media and a less polarized political climate means U.K. bloggers don’t fill the same role as in the U.S. But Britblogs may have found a niche.

Towards professional participatory storytelling in journalism and advertising...The Internet has had a major impact on all levels of (information) societies throughout the world. For media professionals whose work has primarily been defined as creative storytelling — whether in advertising, journalism, the central question seems to be to what extent storytelling can be content– or connectivity–based, and what level of participation can or should be included in the narrative experience.

Copyleft...and other key concepts in the creative commons movement.

Journalism that Clicks....some online news sites exploit the multimedia, interactive and archival capabilities of the Web in ways that let journalists deliver on its promise of convergence. Other sites offer alternative takes on the news that allow users to form their own opinions about what’s happening in the world.

Print vs. Online Battle at 'Wash Post' with Froomkin in Middle...A debate is raging at The Washington Post, pitting the newspaper's traditional print staff (and newly appointed ombudsman) against a representative of a new generation of journalists who work for the company's Web site. The Post's Politics Editor, John Harris, fanned the flames with a post Monday evening, in which he suggested some in the newsroom wish to spike the Web column in question, although he does not.


Resources: New Media

The Pew Internet & American Life Project

The project produces reports that explore the impact of the Internet on families, communities, work and home, daily life, education, health care, and civic and political life. The Project aims to be an authoritative source on the evolution of the Internet through collection of data and analysis of real-world developments as they affect the virtual world.

The Center for the Digital Future

The Center at the USC Annenberg School has been tracking a representative sample of the American population for over five years watching as people move on-line and then move from modems to broadband.


CyberJournalist.net is a news and resource site that focuses on how the Internet, convergence and new technologies are changing the media.

The site offers tips, news and commentary about online journalism, citizen's media, digital storytelling, converged news operations and using the Internet as a reporting tool.

Online Journalism Review

An extensive site of news, features and tips about online journalism published by the USC Annenberg School for Communication.

M/Cyclopedia of New Media

A great resource developed by New Media Technologies students in the Creative Industries Faculty, QUT.

Henry Jenkins: Convergence

MIT media cultural studies guru Henry Jenkins collection on digital culture.

MIT Lab For Branding Cultures

A weblog that looks at convergence culture: The flow of stories, images, characters, information, and sounds across media channels in a coordinated fashion which facilitates a deepening and expansion of the consumer’s experience. The ways consumers interact with media content, media producers, and each other as they experiment with and explore the resources available to them in the expanded media landscape.


The weblog of Dutch journalism studies academic Mark Deuze who has a special interest in journalism and new media culture.

Public Knowledge

Public Knowledge is a group of lawyers, technologists, lobbyists, academics, volunteers and activists dedicated to fortifying and defending a vibrant information commons. Good resources on digital copyright issues.

David Bollier

A journalist and researcher concerned with reclaiming the American commons, understanding how digital technologies are changing democratic culture, fighting the excesses of intellectual property law, fortifying consumer rights and promoting citizen action.

Creative Commons

A non-profit group of lawyers and activists who have produced a series of copyright licenses that aim to build a layer of reasonable, flexible copyright in the face of increasingly restrictive default rules.


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