[Air-L] Research on "passive" social media use?

MARIA AMPARO LASEN DIAZ alasen at cps.ucm.es
Thu Nov 5 05:13:40 PST 2009

Hi Mark and everyone,

Yes, you're right about the undertones of "lurker", and we could talk about the undertones of "passive" too.

The problem I find for "passive" is that,  reading, watching and listening are forms of participation and forms of interacting with the content. Of course, they are different from the other content productive forms of interaction, but my guess is that by calling ones passive and the other active we are not accounting for what such activities as listening and watching entail, as well as hiding their role in the production of the content, in the way they contribute to shape and to give meaning to what is written, played, displayed, etc.

All the best

----- Mensaje original -----
De: "M.B.Gaved" <M.B.Gaved at open.ac.uk>
Fecha: Jueves, Noviembre 5, 2009 13:53
Asunto: RE: [Air-L] Research on "passive" social media use?
A: 'MARIA AMPARO LASEN DIAZ' <alasen at cps.ucm.es>
CC: "'air-l at listserv.aoir.org'" <air-l at listserv.aoir.org>

> Hi Amparo, all
> It's certainly an interesting debate on what we should call 
> users of social media who do not post comments or upload content.
> I agree "passive" is maybe not a strong enough expression for 
> non-contributory participation but I find it so much nicer than 
> the terrible expression "lurkers" to describe such users!
> I cringe and recoil when I hear the term "lurker". It suggests 
> presence with dubious intentions to me, I think of some guy in a 
> 1940s Hollywood gangster movie with a big coat and turned up 
> collar waiting in a dark alley... :-)
> Kind regards
> Mark Gaved
> The Open University
> Milton Keynes
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> Hi Lisbeth,
> I wonder whether we shoud keep using this term "passive" to 
> describe users who do not post comments or upload content, as 
> listening, watching and reading are rich and meaningful ways of 
> interacting with content (there is a vaste and not so new amount 
> of scholar work on how the audiences in litterature and arts 
> contribute to make what they listen, read and watch by these 
> same activities of reading or lietening), regarding Internet 
> Kate Crawford is working on this topic, you can found the paper 
> she presented in the COST298 conference in Copenhagen this year 
> in the online proceedings at
> http://miha2.ef.uni-lj.si/cost298/gbc2009-proceedings/papers/P202.pdf
> Best
> Amparo
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Amparo Lasén Dpto Sociología I Facultad de Ciencias Políticas y Sociología UCM Campus de Somosaguas Pozuelo de Alarcón 28223 0034913942899 alasen at cps.ucm.es

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