Participation vs. Interaction
Something to think about as we move into the “Present” segment of our educational journey. We have spent the first week looking at the origins of interactivity. Now it’s necessary to examine today’s interactive landscape—an environment driven by digital media convergence and the so-called Web 2.0 trends and technologies (or rather, new applications of existing technologies).
So first let’s attempt to get our heads around convergence. One of the leading voices on the subject is Henry Jenkins, author of Convergence Culture and Director of MIT’s Comparative Media Studies program. In his writings and talks, the word “participation” is frequently used. In the context of our class, I’m compelled to ask, “How is participation different from interaction?” Ask yourself this question as you listen to this podcast, featuring Henry Jenkins. (Click on the link, then click on the grey play button arrow on the top left of the page, right above Henry’s picture.)
After listening, write a post in which you attempt to get at the different between “participation” and “interaction”. Please don’t research your response. I want you to think through this and intuitively arrive at an answer.