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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.

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Abstract

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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ID Code: 25811
Item Type: Conference Paper
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Keywords: Digital Storytelling, co-creative media , community engagement, social media practice, public history
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > FILM TELEVISION AND DIGITAL MEDIA (190200) > Film Television and Digital Media not elsewhere classified (190299)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY (210000) > CURATORIAL AND RELATED STUDIES (210200) > Heritage and Cultural Conservation (210202)
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 > HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY (210000) > CURATORIAL AND RELATED STUDIES (210200)
Divisions: Current > 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
Current > Schools > Journalism, Media & Communication
Funding:
  • ARC LINKAGE /LP0884097
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 [please consult the authors]
Deposited On: 10 Sep 2009 07:54
Last Modified: 18 Jun 2014 16:53

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