Annotated Bibliography: Youtube

–       This article focuses on how independent YouTube actually is from the powers that be. Dijck takes into consideration the presentation of YouTube as reclamation of independence by the majority, overthrowing the minority, and compares this to the reality of what YouTube is. Namely, Dijck talks about the fact that YouTube was purchased by Google in 2006, and the use of YouTube as an advertising device. How much power is the majority really claiming from the minority when they use YouTube?

–       This article looks at the relationship between the internet (new media in general) and environmental protests. Most notably, they look at the change in power dynamics now that environmental protestors are trying to be acknowledged by new media sources, instead of working with traditional news media (television news, and new papers). They focus a lot on the question on whether this new media has really changed anything, and provided environmental protestors with more power than they previously had, or is the new media simply the newest wave of the minority controlling how things are represented.

–       Young focuses on the importance of debate for the electoral process and how, using news and new media, had better informed voters during the 2008 election and hence sent encouraged more people to vote.

  • Meehan, Eileen R. and Ellen Riordan, eds. Sex & Money: Feminism and Political Economy in the Media. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2002. Print.

– As the name implies, this book is about the connection between money, women and media, specifically in the media of industrialized countries. The book looks at the convergence of these three things, and also takes into consideration the level of power the government has over these representations.

  • Panagopoulos, Costas , ed. Politicking Online: The Transformation of Election Campaign Communications. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2009. Print.

–       Panagopoulos looks at the use of internet in political campaigns. He uses past campaigns as case studies to argue about the strength of the Internet over the campaign, and to look into why candidates are using the internet. He touches on a wide variety of ways of using the internet, and on different candidates and elections.

  • Niedzviecki, Hal. The Peep Diaries: How we’re Learning to Love Watching Ourselves and our Neighbors. San Francisco: City Lights Books, 2009. Print.

–       This book is about “oversharing” using the internet. Niedzviecki looks at how the changing way in which we share information is affecting our notions of privacy and humanity, and how we are slowly changing our core values to suit this new “peep culture.”

  • Ludlow, Peter, ed. Crypto anarchy, cyberstates, and pirate utopias. Cambridge, Mass.; London: MIT Press, 2001. Print.

–       Ludlow focuses on the creation of independent nations, separate from reality, on the internet. He goes on to focus on the differences between the real world and these cyberstates, and the laws that govern these cyberspace societies.

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