Co-creative media : theorising digital storytelling as a platform for researching and developing participatory culture
Spurgeon, Christina L., Burgess, Jean E., Klaebe, Helen G., Tacchi, Jo A., McWilliam, Kelly, & Tsai, Mimi (2009) Co-creative media : theorising digital storytelling as a platform for researching and developing participatory culture. In Australian and New Zealand Communication Association Conference, 8-10 July 2009, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Queensland.
This paper considers the question, ‘what is co-creative media, and why is it a useful idea in social media research’? The term ‘co-creative media’ is now used by Creative Industries researchers at QUT to describe their digital storytelling practices. Digital storytelling is a set of collaborative digital media production techniques that have been used to facilitate social participation in numerous Australian and international contexts. Digital storytelling has been adapted by Creative Industries researchers at QUT as a platform for researching the potential of vernacular creativity in a variety of contexts, including social inclusion of marginalized and disadvantaged groups; inclusion in public histories of narratives that might be overlooked; and articulation of voices that otherwise remain silent in the formulation of social and economic development strategies. The adaption of digital storytelling to different contexts has been shaped by the reflexive, recursive, and pragmatic requirements of action research. Amongst other things, this activity draws attention to the agency of researchers in facilitating these kinds of participatory media processes and outcomes. This discussion serves to problematise concepts of participatory media by introducing the term ‘co-creative media’ and differentiating these from other social media production practices.
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