Crowdsourcing and having a participatory culture truly captivates the world wide web.
|Scooped by Evan Cole|
The idea of crowdsourcing and participatory culture on the Internet
The impacts of people connecting to one another on the internet has fascinated me and I hope it shows that it will have a positive future. Crowdsourcing and participatory culture are definitely a unique part of our society on the world wide web. Idea.org has written an excellent article (http://www.idea.org/blog/2013/02/19/what-is-crowdsourcing-and-how-does-it-apply-to-outreach/) on describing what crowdsourcing is and how it impacts our society. They described that crowdsourcing can be used to provide motivation, fundraising, work force, politics, knowledge of the crowd, the talent of the crowd, communities, and business. They briefly detailed each section and provided a list of organizations, for example Kickstarter is a fundraising website where people can show their project and hope to collect funds to fulfil the project. Kickstarter has helped generate millions and millions of dollars for projects. Some of the success on Kickstarter would be Ouya (a game console), Pebble (a watch that uses bluetooth technology to connect to your phone), and Veronica Mars (a film with the original cast from the first Veronica Mars). However, the latter, Veronica Mars has received backlash from the general public on the internet. They have been accused of using Kickstarter to fund a film when they don't even need the money. It is currently a debate when it comes to who is publicly accepted to use Kickstarters; some believe famous, rich people should not use it because it is unneccessary for them to collect funds when they already have money; others believe anyone should use it, even rich and famous people, it can be a source of advertisement. In my belief, I believe the sole purpose of Kickstarter is to help creators that are without access to ready cash, loans, or big-time donors. Crowdsourcing has also been an important part of our society on the internet when it comes to solving crimes. The Boston Marathon bombing resulted in a firestorm on the internet with people providing police scanners on live stream and with people providing live feeds on Reddit. With the risk of being an unreliable source of news, Reddit has been one of the best news providers during the whole catastrophe. However, issues occured when people on the internet had access to pictures and started pointing fingers. This resulted in an innocent kid's life being in danger because someone posted a photo of him and called him a possible suspect simply because he was wearing a backpack. This is evidence of having negative impacts in crowdsourcing. Dan Woods went to great lengths in describing that most people are misinterpreting the word "crowdsourcing". He believes that we are unfairly unappreciating the original inventor when it comes to contributing and expanding that invented object. Participatory culture is definitely a big part of our internet community. It is what brings the community together to create one of the most brilliant and vibrant cultures on the world wide web. It is safe to say that without participatory culture, I wouldn't be here right now writing on Scoop.it. Henry Jenkins is one of the big names when it comes to this specific topic. Henry Jenkins talked about the distinction between the distributor and the circulation. He also talked about how participatory culture is not web 2.0. As someone pursuing a computer science major, gaming is a huge part of participatory culture and I can see it getting much bigger in the future. For many years, games have allowed consumers to create modifications of an existing game to allow people to play them in different ways. An example of this would be a game mode on Warcraft 3, called Defense of the Ancients; it is a game mode that was created by a couple players that loved to play Warcraft 3. Now DOTA is a well-known type of game that can be found in multiple other games. Minecraft is another excellent example of participatory culture. You can allow other players to join your server; this makes it possible for multiple people to connect and work together to build a masterpiece. I honestly believe this is the most important topic on the internet. Crowdsourcing and participatory culture is going to be a major factor in our future of the web. We're already witnessing a massive change amidst the NSA scandal.