Co-creative media: theorising digital storytelling as a platform for researching and developing participatory culture

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Spurgeon, Christina, Burgess, Jean, Klaebe, Helen, McWilliam, Kelly, Tacchi, Jo and Tsai, Mimi. 2009. "Co-creative media: theorising digital storytelling as a platform for researching and developing participatory culture." Flew, Terry (ed.) 2009 Australian and New Zealand Communication Association Conference: Communication, Creativity and Global Citizenship (ANZCA 2009). Brisbane, Australia 08 - 10 Jul 2009 Wellington, New Zealand.
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Co-creative media: theorising digital storytelling as a platform for researching and developing participatory culture

Presentation TypePaper
AuthorsSpurgeon, Christina (Author), Burgess, Jean (Author), Klaebe, Helen (Author), McWilliam, Kelly (Author), Tacchi, Jo (Author) and Tsai, Mimi (Author)
EditorsFlew, Terry
Journal or Proceedings TitleProceedings of the 2009 Australian and New Zealand Communication Association Conference (ANZCA 2009)
ERA Conference ID51112
Number of Pages13
Year2009
Place of PublicationWellington, New Zealand
ISBN9871741072754
Web Address (URL) of Paperhttp://www.anzca09.org/
Conference/Event2009 Australian and New Zealand Communication Association Conference: Communication, Creativity and Global Citizenship (ANZCA 2009)
Australian and New Zealand Communication Association Conference
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2009 Australian and New Zealand Communication Association Conference: Communication, Creativity and Global Citizenship (ANZCA 2009)
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Australia and New Zealand Communication Association Conference
Event Date
08 to end of 10 Jul 2009
Event Location
Brisbane, Australia
Event Details
Australian and New Zealand Communication Association Conference
ANZCA
Abstract

This paper considers the question, 'what is co-creative media, and why is it a useful idea in social media research'? The term 'co-creative media' is now used by Creative Industries researchers at QUT to theoretically frame their use of digital storytelling as an action research platform for investigating participatory new media culture. Digital storytelling is a set of collaborative digital media production techniques that have been used to facilitate social participation in numerous Australian and international contexts. Digital storytelling has been adapted by Creative Industries researchers at QUT as a platform for researching the potential of vernacular creativity in a variety of contexts, including social inclusion of marginalized and disadvantaged groups; inclusion in public histories of narratives that might be overlooked; and articulation of voices that otherwise remain silent in the formulation of social and economic development strategies. The adaption of digital storytelling to different contexts has been shaped by the reflexive, recursive, and pragmatic requirements of action research. Amongst other things, this activity draws attention to the agency of researchers in facilitating these kinds of participatory media processes and outcomes. This discussion serves to problematise concepts of participatory media by introducing the term 'co-creative media' and differentiating these from other social media production practices.

Keywordsco-creative media; digital storytelling; digital media; participatory culture
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020460609. Networking and communications
470107. Media studies
470102. Communication technology and digital media studies
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Byline AffiliationsQueensland University of Technology
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