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The Creative Citizen UnboundHow Social Media and DIY Culture Contribute to Democracy, Communities and the Creative Economy$
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Ian Hargreaves and John Hartley

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781447324942

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447324942.001.0001

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From networks to complexity: two case studies

From networks to complexity: two case studies

(p.129) Six From networks to complexity: two case studies
The Creative Citizen Unbound

David Harte

Jon Dovey

Emma Agusita

Theodore Zamenopoulos

Policy Press

The social-media-rich landscape of creative citizens gives rise to powerful network effects. Through two case studies, we explore salient characteristics of these networks, asking whether their depth, complexity and latency invites explanation from complexity theory. A relational framework is deployed to explain the existing multi-layered milieu culture of South Blessed, drawing attention to its identity, social groupings, field of cultural production and wider areas of influence. Here, offline relationships and networks also remain pivotal. An examination of the B31 Voices hyperlocal news provider in Birmingham illustrates the emergence of a networked model for local news: a clear example where the affordances of technology have played their part in re-shaping the space for citizenship in the democratically important field of journalism.

Keywords:   social media, network effects, milieu, cultural production, hyperlocal news, journalism

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