Introduction to Popular Culture Studies

What Constitutes Meaningful Participation?, Pt.3

Posted by tristendenney14 on April 3, 2017

As we near the end of our participation discussion, I am beginning to grasp the full picture of how “meaningful participation” works in society and media today. For example, the first subsection for today’s reading titled, “Everyday Patterns of Co-Creation” helped me picture how this process works through the example of a DJ and their fans. For a DJ to gain fame and become popular and known around the world, the fans, fandoms, and “equipes” must “circulate the music, promote the shows, and become excited for their favorite acts.” This idea of the audience participation and inclusion relates back to our discussion of WWE fans performing their “duties” to attend shows, buy merchandise, and watch the events live on television. Without audience participation, celebrities and other well-known companies would not be near as popular as they are today. Next, after reading about how participation affects the individual and audience through co-creation, the second and last subsection of this reading titled, “The Problem of Unequal Participation” helped me understand why there can be problems in participation in media. I initially was confused when I saw this subtitle because I did not understand how there was a problem through the uses of media and participation, but after reading this section, I now see this problem as an inconvenience and unequal opportunities for participation. This is seen when Spreadable Media states, “…households that earned $75,000 or more per year were three times more likely to produce and share Internet content than those whose annual household income was less then $30,000.” Although these households who have a greater annual income more than likely have more access to types of media, their participation and opinions should not be any more valuable than those who are less fortunate. Therefore, I believe to effectively have complete and meaningful participation in media today, we must find ways to allow those who do not have the means, to access these types of media so their opinions can also become valued in society.


3 Responses to “What Constitutes Meaningful Participation?, Pt.3”

  1. Drake Kizer said

    I think you made a lot of great points in this post, especially your discussion toward the end about how those who have less access to media creation tools are treated as less valuable than those who have more resources to be able to contribute. Like you said, just because someone is less fortunate, “their participation and opinions should not be any more [or less] valuable” than anyone else’s. Due to the fact that there are so many groups of people who do not have the means to participate in a lot of ways, I think that creates the media environment we are in right now, in which the “privileged” provide a voice for the “voiceless” people. I think we can both agree that no one should be speaking for anyone, and that we should be moving toward a culture that values everyone’s input exactly the same.

  2. kaufmansw said

    I really want to put my input in on the money topic. I feel that the reason the households that make more money are more likely to produce internet content is because they are blessed enough to enjoy things like that. Poorer people are constantly fighting and worrying about the essentials leaving less time for the fun. That’s my theory.

  3. emilyjones232 said

    It’s sad that your socioeconomic status places you higher on the totem pole, but it seems to be true.

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