BCM 112

Finding the Cons in Pro-dusage.

The arrival of the internet and open source mediums have left society’s members weak at the knees in fulfilling their inherent desire for content control. Not only has the evolution of the roles of producing and consuming information afforded users to become increasingly involved in the process of content creation, it has made them increasingly responsible for it. But is it all that it is cracked up to be?

In a society always in need of having someone to blame, how can it be ensured that the information created by society’s members is accurate when there is no legal consideration and thus, no consequences for posting contentions false and unfounded online? If the medium is the message, does this mean society values their involvement more than authority and accountability? My Youtube video below encloses further discussion on the topic.

For more information on a) Produsage or b) Citizen Journalism, you may like to visit the following:

Produsage:  (Slideshare on Axel Burns theories of the shift from users to produsers titled: ‘Anyone Can Edit’.

Citizen Journalism: (Slideshare on Citizen Journalism).


Jenni Ryall. 2016. 12-year-old makes himself Australia’s prime minister on Wikipedia. [ONLINE] Available at: http://mashable.com/2016/04/13/wikipedia-australia-prime-minister/#PAGtsgGVWiqE. [Accessed 04 May 2016].

Bruns Axel 2007.Produsage: Towards a Broader Framework for User-Led Content Creation in Proceedings Creativity & Cognition 6, Washington, DC. [ONLINE] Available at: http://eprints.qut.edu.au/6623/1/6623.pdf [Accessed 04 May 2016]

Mitew, T., 2016, “Week 9: From citizen journalism to collective intelligence” Lecture/Prezi Presentation, BCM 112, University of Wollongong, 2 May 2016. 

FeatureImage: http://www.slideshare.net/Snurb/produsage-revisited


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