Does Participatory Culture Lead to Participatory Democracy?

March 28th, 2007

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Web of Ideas with David Weinberger, March 21, 2007.

Thanks to the pliability of bits and the connectedness of the Net, we’re now able to participate in our culture like never before. We can create a video and post it at sites like YouTube. We can watch a video and comment on it, tag it, link to it, mash it up with another video. We can build massive encyclopedias together. We can form clans to play games. We can build an island in SecondLife where we can interact in a world we’ve created together. But, is this burst of participation in culture leading to greater participation in politics and democracy? If so, what are the connecting points?

This video features David Weinberger leading a Web of Ideas discussion at the Berkman Center to explore these and other questions.

Runtime: 1:20:56, size: 320×240, 225mb, QuickTime .MP4, H.264 codec

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  • 1. james  |  March 28th, 2007 at 7:29 pm

    great discussion and many interesting points. A while back i was frustrated while filling in my tax forms I was messing around in Photoshop and decided to make some of my own. Should really update them now as they are ancient. Also they only lead to more problems. http://lifesized.blogspot.com/2005/03/customized-tax-forms.html
    Curious whether we see any mass movements that form perhaps from the open source community that bypass governments, unite “citizens” and then seek to renegotiate relationships with government. We need social accounting technologies that are sophisticated and yet simple. At the same time government is fascinated in the idea of opening up to citizens too. Thanks for putting the seminar online

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