#MED104 – Learning Portfolio – 2.1: Summary of selected reading on ‘Participatory Culture’ (Informed Discussion)


In no more than 50 words write a summary of the piece and its approach to the notion of participatory culture. Choose a short quotation from the article/chapter that helps illustrate your summary, one that either: provides an example; outlines the author/s argument, or provides a direct definition (no more than two sentences).
Add a brief sentence that in your own words indicates whether you agree with this example/approach/definition and why.
Post this to the discussion board, including an appropriate in-text citation for the quotation, and the full bibliographic details of your source.

I have selected a chapter from an e-book titled ‘The Participatory Cultures Handbook’. Chapter 22 was written by Howard Rheingold and is named ‘Participative Pedagogy for a Literacy of Literacies’.


In this chapter, the power of sociality in participatory culture is discussed, emphasising the necessity for media literacy. As Rheingold states, “The more people who know how to use participatory media to learn, inform, persuade, investigate, reveal, advocate, and organize, the more likely the future infosphere will allow, enable and encourage liberty and participation” (2012, p. 218). I concur with this stance, as participatory cultures enable community activism in order to avoid passivity and acquiescence to rules that were pre-determined by those with power.


Rheingold, H. (2012). Participative pedagogy for a literacy of literacies. In A. Delwiche & J.J. Henderson (Eds.), The Participatory Cultures Handbook (pp. 215-219): Taylor and Francis. http://www.curtin.eblib.com.au.dbgw.lis.curtin.edu.au/patron/FullRecord.aspx?p=1024648


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