Driving home tonight listening to the local sports station riff with call-in guests on the Vancouver Canucks’ prospects for the coming NHL season, I started thinking.
“User” or “consumer” generated content is nothing new. It’s at least as old as talk radio, which relies heavily on call-in listeners to stimulation conversations and generate interest.
Are there other examples of producerism that predate the internet era? Here’s the components you need, as far as I can tell:
- a shared and social media space
- a community that gathers there
- content of some kind that they create and share
Talk radio fits, I think, but the 18th-century tavern doesn’t. Am I missing something?
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America’s Funniest Home Videos comes to mind. A significant difference? The centralized gatekeeper/editor. Perhaps a necessary part of the definition of producerism/user-generated content is the lack of a centralized gatekeeper.[tags] cgm, consumer-generated media, producerism, team1040, radio, talk, social media, community, john koetsier [/tags]