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The exploitation of free user generated content – a critical analysis

Freire (1993) examined how elites oppress disadvantaged groups through educational texts. This post will question how commercial interests exploit the creative talents of thousands of unpaid contributors on news sites and social media. It is clear (Hermida et al, 2008) that news websites based on participation generate more usage than those that do not include […]

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Collaborative and participatory journalism – a list of journals, texts and links.

In an analysis of how UK websites are embedding participation and collaboration, I found the following academic texts useful. If you are one of my students, you may well have the pleasure of reading some of these articles.  Most of the journal articles can be found on Google Scholar or the usual databases. The ones […]

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Paxman promotes user-generated content

An absolute classic clip. The BBC Newsnight presenter, Jeremy Paxman, inviting audience contributions in a very non-web 2.0 way.

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