INVITED EPP: The Politics of User Generated Content


The Internet is filled with user-generated content, ranging from photos shared through social media to collectively produced Wikipedia entries to video remixes to image-based memes. Networked technology makes it easy for people to produce and share content, but only a small minority of young people is really taking advantage of these capacities. While some educators are beginning to see the potential or user generated content to drive learning and engagement, we’re still very early in understanding the nature of this potential and what the barriers are to realizing it. Considering tensions with established media industries, generational differences, and challenges to existing social norms of authorship and intellectual property, the panel will interrogate the politics and values of user-generated content, what it means to participate, and what dynamics emerge as a result.