Making Is Connecting The Social Meaning of Creativity, from DIY and Knitting to Youtube and Web 2.0

ISBN-10: 0745650023
ISBN-13: 9780745650029
Edition: 2010
Authors: David Gauntlett
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Book details

List price: $15.99
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Polity Press
Publication date: 3/4/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 232
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.078
Language: English

In Making is Connecting, David Gauntlett argues that through making things, people engage with the world and create connections with each other. Both online and offline, we see that people want to make their mark on the world, and to make connections. During the previous century, the production of culture became dominated by professional elite producers. But today, a vast array of people are making and sharing their own ideas, videos, and other creative material online, as well as engaging in real-world crafts, art projects, and hands-on experiences. Gauntlett argues that we are seeing a shift from a 'sit-back-and-be-told culture' to a 'making-and-doing culture'. People are rejecting traditional teaching and television, and making their own learning and entertainment instead. Drawing on evidence from psychology, politics, philosophy, and economics, he shows how this shift is necessary and essential for the happiness and survival of modern societies.

Introduction
The meaning of making I: Philosophies of craft
The meaning of making II: Craft today
The meaning of making III: Digital
The value of connecting I: Personal happiness
The value of connecting II: Social capital and communities
Tools for change
Web 2.0 not all rosy?
Conclusion

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