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YouTube: Online Video and Participatory Culture, 2nd Edition

YouTube: Online Video and Participatory Culture, 2nd Edition

Jean Burgess, Joshua Green

ISBN: 978-1-509-53359-6

Sep 2018, Polity

180 pages

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Since launching as a website for everyday video-sharing in 2005, YouTube has become one of the world’s most powerful digital media platforms. Originally published in 2009 when YouTube was only four years old, this book was the first to systematically investigate its cultural impacts and politics, highlighting the productive tensions between its amateur community rhetoric and its commercial media logics.

Since then, YouTube has grown as a platform and matured as a company. Its business model is built on coordinating the interests of and extracting value from its content creators, audiences, advertisers and media partners, in a commercial setting where YouTube now competes with other powerful social media and streaming television platforms. Meanwhile, YouTube’s diverse communities of content creators, who developed the platform’s most distinctive cultural forms and genres, have strong ideas and interests of their own.

While preserving the original edition’s forensic analysis of YouTube’s early popular culture and uses, this fully revised and updated edition weaves fresh examples, updated theoretical perspectives and comparative historical insights throughout each of its six chapters. Burgess and Green show how, over its more than a decade of existence, YouTube’s dual logics of commerciality and community have persisted, generating new genres of popular culture, new professional identities and business models for the media industries, and giving rise to ongoing platform governance challenges.

The book is essential reading for anyone interested in the contemporary and future implications of digital media platforms and will be particularly valuable for students and scholars in media, communication and cultural studies.
  • Preface to the Second Edition
  • Acknowledgments
  • 1 How YouTube Matters
  • 2 YouTube and the Media
  • 3 YouTube’s Popular Culture
  • 4 The YouTube Community
  • 5 YouTube’s Cultural Politics
  • 6 YouTube’s Competing Futures
  • Notes
  • References
  • Index
  • Revised and updated second edition of a highly successful book on YouTube and its contexts.
  • This was the first book to take YouTube seriously as a media and cultural phenomenon.
  • The new edition reflects YouTube’s maturity as a platform and includes more detailed coverage of its insitutional and economic contexts.
  • Draws on a wide range of theoretical sources and empirical insights and is rich with concrete examples.
  • Written by two key new media researchers, with additional contributions from internationally renowned scholars John Hartley and Henry Jenkins.