Category Archive: Participatory culture

350 – collaborative creativity as political action

Last Saturday my daughter Shauna, my friend Vron and I joined a few hundred other people in the park by the London Eye on the South Bank, to stand in the form of… Continue reading

Making Music – in B flat

Here’s another inspired musical collab piece. Producer Darren Solomon asked musicians on You Tube to offer him videos where they’re playing in Bb. He’s aggregated these onto one page along with some live action and… Continue reading

One & Other

Photos of “Plinthers” taking part in One & Other by Garry Knight (Flckr) “It is a spyhole on the nation’s secret mind, incidental fragments of humanity that weave together into a rich and… Continue reading

“Chips with Everything” – more on Digital Revolution

Rushes sequences from interviews with web luminaries Howard Rheingold and Tim Berners Lee are among those now available for viewing and download on the Digital Revolution website.  It’s the latest development in what the BBC… Continue reading

Aerial Storytelling

Early this year aviation consultant Jeral Poskey took advantage of Google Earth 5’s new ‘tour’ capability to produce a re-enactment of the brief flight and emergency landing in the Hudson River of US… Continue reading

Making Music – in the edit

There are some interesting videos emerging which involve collaborations between musicians –   some of whom don’t even know of each others existence.     This fresh treatment of Ben E King’s classic Stand by Me has proved popular on You Tube.  The… Continue reading

Seriously playful participatory culture

Dr Michael Wesch – an anthropologist at Kansas State University- is looking at You Tube as a participant observer. He became an unlikely internet star himself with his brilliant 2007 video explanation of Web 2.0 – The… Continue reading


I just received a copy of “8”-  a collection of essays about a research collaboration between the BBC and the Arts & Humanities Research Council. Eight academic studies looked at public participation in BBC new media. (I was… Continue reading