Blogs, Twitter, and breaking news : the produsage of citizen journalism

Bruns, Axel & Highfield, Tim (2012) Blogs, Twitter, and breaking news : the produsage of citizen journalism. In Lind, Rebecca Ann (Ed.) Produsing Theory in a Digital World : The Intersection of Audiences and Production in Contemporary Theory. Peter Lang Publishing Inc., New York, pp. 15-32.

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Debates over the role and relevance of what has been described as citizen journalism have existed at least since the late 1990s; positions have ranged from the fulsome dismissal of such bottom-up journalism activities (and indeed, almost all user-led content creation) as being part of a new "cult ofthe amateur" (Keen, 2007) to nearly equally simplistic perspectives which predicted citizen journalists would replace the mainstream journalism industry within a short timeframe. A more considered, more realistic perspective would take a somewhat more moderate view. Aided by circumstances including the long-term financial crisis enveloping journalism industries in many developed nations, the creeping corporatization and politicization of journalistic activities in democratic and non-democratic countries alike, and the largely unmet challenge of new, Internet-based media fonns, citizen journalism (as well as other parajournalistic media, including TV comedy such as The Daily Show) has been able to make credible inroads into what used to be the domain of journalism proper.

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ID Code: 53339
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: Citizen Journalism, Produsage, Blogs, Twitter
ISBN: 9781433115196
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > JOURNALISM AND PROFESSIONAL WRITING (190300) > Journalism Studies (190301)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100) > Communication Technology and Digital Media Studies (200102)
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
Past > Schools > Journalism, Media & Communication
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Peter Lang Publishing. All rights reserved.
Deposited On: 28 Aug 2012 00:47
Last Modified: 13 Jul 2016 19:06

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