Problems of expertise and scalability in self-made media

Hartley, John (2008) Problems of expertise and scalability in self-made media. In Lundby, Knut (Ed.) Digital storytelling, mediatized stories : self-representations in new media. Peter Lang Publishing, New York, pp. 197-211.

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The term ‘digital storytelling’ can be used generically to describe any computer-based narrative expression, including ‘hypertext fiction’ and game narratives as well as YouTube and the like. Here however it refers only to the practice whereby ‘ordinary people’ participate in hands-on workshops using computer software to create short personal films that privilege self-expression; typically narratives of realisation of identity, memory, place and aspiration.2 Digital storytelling fills a gap between everyday cultural practice and professional media that was never adequately bridged during the broadcast era (Carpentier, 2003). Digital stories are simple but disciplined, like a sonnet or haiku, and anyone can learn how to make them. They reconfigure the producer/ consumer relationship and show how creative work by non-professional users adds value to contemporary culture (Burgess, & Hartley, 2004). A genealogy for this mode of digital storytelling (henceforth DST) has become established; it is indeed a ‘Californian export,’ as the 2007 ICA pre-conference in San Francisco aptly put it.3 However, in one important respect the form of DST in Australia, including the R&D that we do at QUT, departs from that original, as will be discussed below in the discussion of scalability and expertise.

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Item Type: Book Chapter
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Keywords: Digital Storytelling, expertise, self-representation
ISBN: 978-1-4331-0274-5
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100) > Communication and Media Studies not elsewhere classified (200199)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > FILM TELEVISION AND DIGITAL MEDIA (190200)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > CULTURAL STUDIES (200200) > Cultural Studies not elsewhere classified (200299)
Divisions: Past > Research Centres > ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Institutes > Institute for Creative Industries and Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 Peter Lang
Deposited On: 18 Feb 2009 03:54
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:48

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