Literary prosumers : young people’s reading and writing in a new media landscape

Olin-Scheller, Christina & Wikstrom, Patrik (2010) Literary prosumers : young people’s reading and writing in a new media landscape. Education Inquiry, 1(1), pp. 41-56.

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The production of culture is today a matter of ‘user generated content’ and young people are vital participants as ‘prosumers’, i.e. both producers and consumers, of cultural products. Among other things, they are busy creating fan works (stories, pictures, films) based on already published material. Using the genre fan fiction as a point of departure, this article explores the drivers behind net communities organised around fan culture and argues that fan fiction sites can in many aspects be regarded as informal learning settings. By turning to the rhetoric principle of imitatio, the article shows how in the collective interactive processes between readers and writers such fans develop literacies and construct gendered identities.

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ID Code: 67837
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: fan fiction, informal learning settings, literacy, prosumer, rhetoric principle of imitatio, literature
ISSN: 2000-4508
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > PERFORMING ARTS AND CREATIVE WRITING (190400) > Creative Writing (incl. Playwriting) (190402)
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: Current > Research Centres > ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 The Authors
Deposited On: 26 Feb 2014 04:41
Last Modified: 20 Apr 2016 03:10

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