Response Paper #8 Studying Social Media & Participation Culture.
In their article; ‘’Participation in Social Media: Studying Explicit and Implicit Forms of Participation in Communicative Social Networks’’ Mikko Villi and Janne Matikainen they are constructing a framework for studying social media at days we should not call audience, users instead.
Convergence Culture where audiences — in this case users — and media producers can not be observed as a indivudual elements but can be thought as a elements that engaged, there should be be subdivided framework developed which explained in this article as; implicit and explicit participation of users. These type of framework can help scholars to clarify and analyze users, as their habits, attitudes and skills could not be degraded and could not be streotyped as it quoted in article;
‘’Nevertheless, users of ‘old media’ are often stereotyped as a passive audience, and users of digital, participatory media are equally stereotyped as hyper- active, co-creative people.’’
(Olsson, 2010, p. 101)
This problematic can be fixed with implicit and explicit participation framework. This approach can be explained as users vs prousers as well but rather than this type of definition, it should remarks how users ‘’uploading’’ their datas to social media. Explained on article; writing a blog post and editing an article on wikipedia can be seen as explicit participation and connecting your Spotify accout to Facebook provides a data to Facebook and this could be an example of implicit participation. Also liking, retweeting, sharing can be a implicit participation but explicit participation happens when you are uploading a media or sharing your personal interest and qualifications and datas on your social media account.
This framework can help scholars to identify and subdivide ‘’users’’ If their activities on social media are happening conscious or not.