Henry Jenkins

(*1958) is the Provost’s Professor of Communication, Journalism, Cinematic Art, and Education at the University of Southern California and the founder and former Co-Director of MIT’s Comparative Media Studies Program. His ideas about participatory culture have taken shape across more than twenty five years of academic publications, including Textual Poachers: Television Fans and Participatory Culture (1992), Convergence Culture: Where Old and New Media Collide (2006), Fans, Bloggers, and Gamers (2006), Confronting the Challenges of a Participatory Culture (2009), Spreadable Media: Creating Meaning and Value in a Networked Culture (with Sam Ford and Joshua Green, 2013), Reading in a Participatory Culture: Remixing Moby-Dick for the Literature Classroom (With Wyn Kelley, Katie Clinton, Jenna McWilliams, Erin Reilly, and Roberto Pitts-Wiley, 2013), and the forthcoming By Any Media Necessary: Mapping Youth and Participatory Culture (with Sangita Shresthova, Liana Gamber-Thompson, Neta Kligler-VIlenchik, and Arely Zimmerman). He blogs regularly at http://henryjenkins.org

219 · What Art Educators Should Know About Participatory Culture
Q236: »For the moment, let’s define participatory culture as one: 1.With relatively low barriers to artistic expression and civic engagement 2.With strong support for creating and sharing one’s creations with others 3.With some type of informal mentorship whereby what is known by the most experienced is passed along to novices 4.Where members believe that their contributions matter 5.Where members feel some degree of social connection with one another (at the least they care what other people think about what they have created). Not every member must contribute, but all must believe they are free to contribute when ready and that what they contribute will be appropriately valued.«