Spreadable Media: Creating Value and Meaning in a Networked Culture

Spreadable Media: Creating Value and Meaning in a Networked Culture

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By (author) Henry Jenkins, By (author) Sam Ford, By (author) Joshua Green

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  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Format: Hardback | 352 pages
  • Dimensions: 150mm x 231mm x 33mm | 680g
  • Publication date: 21 January 2013
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0814743501
  • ISBN 13: 9780814743508
  • Edition statement: New ed.
  • Sales rank: 63,234

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Spreadable Media maps fundamental changes taking place in our contemporary media environment, a space where corporations no longer tightly control media distribution and many of us are directly involved in the circulation of content. It contrasts "stickiness" - aggregating attention in centralized places - with "spreadability" - dispersing content widely through both formal and informal networks, some approved, many unauthorized. Stickiness has been the measure of success in the broadcast era (and has been carried over to the online world), but "spreadability" describes the ways content travels through social media. Following up on the hugely influential Convergence Culture: Where Old and New Media Collide, this book challenges some of the prevailing metaphors and frameworks used to describe contemporary media, from biological metaphors like "memes" and "viral" to the concept of "Web 2.0" and the popular notion of "influencers." Spreadable Media examines the nature of audience engagement, the environment of participation, the way appraisal creates value, and the transnational flows at the heart of these phenomena. It delineates the elements that make content more spreadable and highlights emerging media business models built for a world of participatory circulation. The book also explores the internal tensions companies face as they adapt to the new communication reality and argues for the need to shift from "hearing" to "listening" in corporate culture. Drawing on examples from film, music, games, comics, television, transmedia storytelling, advertising, and public relations industries, among others - from both the U.S. and around the world - the authors illustrate the contours of our current media environment. They highlight the vexing questions content creators must tackle and the responsibilities we all face as citizens in a world where many of us regularly circulate media content. Written for any and all of us who actively create and share media content, Spreadable Media provides a clear understanding of how people are spreading ideas and the implications these activities have for business, politics, and everyday life.

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"Something new is emerging from the collision of traditional entertainment media, Internet-empowered fan cultures, and the norms of sharing that are encouraged and amplified by social media. Spreadable Media is a compelling guide, both entertaining and rigorous, to the new norms, cultures, enterprises, and social phenomena that networked culture is making possible. Read it to understand what your kids are doing, where Hollywood is going, and how online social networks spread cultural productions as a new form of sociality." -Howard Rheingold, author of Net Smart "By critically interrogating the ways in which media artifacts circulate, Spreadable Media challenges the popular notion that digital content magically goes 'viral.' This book brilliantly describes the dynamics that underpin people's engagement with social media in ways that are both theoretically rich and publicly meaningful."-Danah Boyd, Microsoft Research "Finally, a way of framing modern media creation and consumption that actually reflects reality and allows us to talk about it in a way that makes sense. It's a spreadable world and we are ALL part of it. Useful for anyone who makes media, analyzes it, consumes it, markets it or breathes." -Jane Espenson, writer-producer of Battlestar Galactica, Once Upon a Time, and Husbands "A wide-ranging examination of the contemporary media environment as individuals increasingly control their own creation of content." Kirkus Reviews, October 2012 "It's about time a group of thinkers put the marketing evangelists of the day out to pasture with a thorough look at what makes content move from consumer to consumer, marketer to consumer and consumer to marketer. Instead of latching on to the notion that you can create viral content, Jenkins, Ford, and Green question the assumptions, test theories and call us all to task. Spreadable Media pushes our thinking. As a result, we'll become smarter marketers. Why wouldn't you read this book?"-Jason Falls, CEO of Social Media Explorer and co-author of No Bullshit Social Media