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Crowdsourcing: A Definition

  • I like to use two definitions for crowdsourcing:

    The White Paper Version: Crowdsourcing is the act of taking a job traditionally performed by a designated agent (usually an employee) and outsourcing it to an undefined, generally large group of people in the form of an open call.

    The Soundbyte Version: The application of Open Source principles to fields outside of software.

The Rise of Crowdsourcing

  • Read the original article about crowdsourcing, published in the June, 2006 issue of Wired Magazine.
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June 02, 2008

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Julia

What a gorgeous passage. I love your observation on how we are going back to our natural inclination to create entertainment for ourselves and one another.

I found these words to be particularly interesting, "The mass production and distribution of culture required—indeed enforced—a more passive form of consumption. A division emerged between culture producers and culture consumers. Viewed in this historical light, the explosive growth in user-generated content is less a new phenomenon than a sign that the im- pulse to interact meaningfully with our media—to participate in its creation—never went away. The Internet—the very architecture of which enforces decentralization— created a natural stage for a participatory approach to media production and consumption."

I got my master's in History of Decorative Arts and Design and can totally see your above statements used in a thesis exploring further how mass production and distribution of culture influenced design of places and objects- i.e. TV rooms. Up until just a few years ago one of the landmark restaurants in my city - Bern's Steakhouse in Tampa - had individual TVs at each table in their dessert room. I remember going one time for Bananas Foster while watching The Simpsons. It's going to be interesting to see how today's designers respond for spaces where we can engage and participate. What will the future look like?

Keep up the great work!

Alan

“The wonderful thing about writing a book.” Ah, you are chipping away at a life changing experience whether clothed in idle speculation or not, that viewed through a greater lens might look like a seed bed for unimaginable change. Limited as we are by sense perception, metamorphosing biographies offer but a slice at a time view that at best indicate little to the untrained eye.

“Viewed in this historical light, the explosive growth in user-generated content is less a new phenomenon than a sign that the im- pulse to interact meaningfully with our media—to participate in its creation—never went away.”

That impulse was probably sequestered by both the forces of mass reproduction and an industrial era that promised huge bounties and rewards for the loss of individual participation. In retrospect one sees the promise was more a carrot on a stick than any real hope of anything more than a nibble, certainly for the western world.

“The future has a place for you. In the future, we will all be dilettantes.”

Back to the discussion of chapter three, it might well be an over generalization to suggest that at any time “we will all be dilettantes.” We all might be offered the possibility but history shows us clearly that the majority appear to prefer, or be lost in, the pull of anonymousness, strangely enough of a crowd!

The loss of individualized participation and its reemergence has seen it’s origins in the self same Petri dish, where the pull of materialism sidles up against the human spirit!

Alan

Leah

Jeff,
Told you last week after your BEA presentation that I wouldn't simply post "your work is great" and try to find some type of constructive criticism for your post but ... Sorry just can't come up with anything other than praise (shrug)

Fanfiction is such a fascinating concept on the impact of media on individuals. This is the audience the book world needs to target!

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What a gorgeous passage. I love your observation on how we are going back to our natural inclination to create entertainment for ourselves and one another.

I found these words to be particularly interesting, "The mass production and distribution of culture required—indeed enforced—a more passive form of consumption. A division emerged between culture producers and culture consumers. Viewed in this historical light, the explosive growth in user-generated content is less a new phenomenon than a sign that the im- pulse to interact meaningfully with our media—to participate in its creation—never went away. The Internet—the very architecture of which enforces decentralization— created a natural stage for a participatory approach to media production and consumption."

I got my master's in History of Decorative Arts and Design and can totally see your above statements used in a thesis exploring further how mass production and distribution of culture influenced design of places and objects- i.e. TV rooms. Up until just a few years ago one of the landmark restaurants in my city - Bern's Steakhouse in Tampa - had individual TVs at each table in their dessert room. I remember going one time for Bananas Foster while watching The Simpsons. It's going to be interesting to see how today's designers respond for spaces where we can engage and participate. What will the future look like?

Keep up the great work!

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