Submission Title

YouTube Vlogging and Cultural Citizenship

Presenter Information

Morgan Willie, Gonzaga University

Session Number

RS3

Location

Robinson 229

Abstract Number

RS3-b

Abstract

YouTube serves as a “forum for people to connect, inform, and inspire others across the globe,” and additionally “acts as a distribution platform for original content creators and advertisers large and small” (YouTube “About”). Video blogging, colloquially known as vlogging, is one of the most common and influential practices of YouTube users. The intent of this presentation is to put YouTube, as a space of appearance, (Arendt) in context and conversation with citizenship and civic discourse. I will describe the relationship between the practice of vlogging and cultural citizenship, primarily utilizing what social theorist Michel Foucault calls a dual economy of freedom and constraint to provide insight regarding communication phenomena on YouTube. The presentation will examine citizen media, participatory culture, and democratization. Commentary and observation from YouTube will be juxtaposed with scholarly examination and theory. I will provide a thorough overview and interpretation of the video blogging collective.

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Apr 23rd, 9:00 AM Apr 23rd, 10:30 AM

YouTube Vlogging and Cultural Citizenship

Robinson 229

YouTube serves as a “forum for people to connect, inform, and inspire others across the globe,” and additionally “acts as a distribution platform for original content creators and advertisers large and small” (YouTube “About”). Video blogging, colloquially known as vlogging, is one of the most common and influential practices of YouTube users. The intent of this presentation is to put YouTube, as a space of appearance, (Arendt) in context and conversation with citizenship and civic discourse. I will describe the relationship between the practice of vlogging and cultural citizenship, primarily utilizing what social theorist Michel Foucault calls a dual economy of freedom and constraint to provide insight regarding communication phenomena on YouTube. The presentation will examine citizen media, participatory culture, and democratization. Commentary and observation from YouTube will be juxtaposed with scholarly examination and theory. I will provide a thorough overview and interpretation of the video blogging collective.