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New York Times
Introduction [Martin Irvine, Georgetown]
Participatory cultures"At MiT5, the most recent in MIT's series of Media in Transition conferences, Dr. Thomas Pettitt of the University of Southern Denmark theorized that participatory cultures signal the imminent closing of what he called "the Guttenberg parenthesis." According to that theory, we are witnessing a return to the cultural norms that prevailed before the advent of mechanically printed texts. In those oral and folk cultures, practices such as adaptation, appropriation and recombining – what hip-hop calls "sampling" – were not only accepted but lauded. The printing press brought a new regime, in which individual printed works were held to be utterly unique and an author's ownership sacrosanct. But now, according to theorists such as Dr. Pettitt, new digital technologies are spinning the wheel back to its pre-Guttenberg position (closing the parenthesis), and cultural production will be understood once again as a dynamic, collective process rather than the work of a single lonely genius, laboring alone in a garret." from Victoria Loe Hicks: Harry Potter obsession blurs lines between media consumers, producers in July 8, 2007 Dallas Morning News
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Cultural Politics: Film & Visual Culture
Assorted Interests:American Art
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