New book: Collaborative Media. Production, Consumption, and Design Interventions.

The MIT Press have now published the book “Collaborative Media. Production, Consumption, and Design Interventions”. It is written by Jonas Löwgren, Professor of Interaction Design, and Bo Reimer, Professor of Media and Communication Studies.

With many new forms of digital media–including such popular social media as Facebook, Twitter, and Flickr—the people formerly known as the audience no longer only consume but also produce and even design media. Jonas Löwgren and Bo Reimer term this phenomenon collaborative media, and in this book they investigate the qualities and characteristics of these forms of media in terms of what they enable people to do. They do so through an interdisciplinary research approach that combines the social sciences and humanities traditions of empirical and theoretical work with practice-based, design-oriented interventions. They conclude by advocating an interventionist turn within social analysis and media design.

“Collaborative Media is fundamentally a book about how we design, satirize, reappropriate and invent over again. It demonstrates why we should not focus so much on the user in the singular, but in the plural. The book is necessary and warmly recommended scholarly intervention if you want to understand design and collaborative media—but also collaborative media research.”

Jussi Parikka, Winchester School of Art; author of What is Media Archaeology?

“The authors offers a list of imperatives that define their stance as researchers and their interventionistic and transdisciplinary approach. These five imperatives that are further explained in the book are:

– Be collaborative

– Be interventionist

– Be public

– Be agonistic

– Be accountable

This is an interesting list and it is inspiring to imagine what this means in practice and also what it would mean in other research disciplines. The book is rich when it comes to insights about collaborative media in our contemporary society, but maybe even more interesting is the overall research stance and approach that the authors outline and subscribe to. The way they do this is unusually detailed and on a level that raises it to become a research «program» or paradigm. I expect and hope that this aspect of the book will receive the substantial interest it deserves and also will lead to engaging critique. This field is in real need of larger ideas when it comes to what the purpose of research is all about and how it is possible for researchers to «keep up» with and participate in the evolution of media.”

Erik Stolterman, Indiana University Bloomington; author of The Design Way: Intentional Change in an Unpredictable World.

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