'Anyone Can Edit': Understanding the Produser
The Mojtaba Saminejad Lecture
- 28 September, 6 p.m. - SUNY Buffalo
- 11 October, 10 a.m. - New School, New York City
- 12 October, 5 p.m. - Brown University, Providence
- 14 October, 12.30 p.m. - Temple University, Philadelphia
Recent decades have seen the dual trend of growing digitization of content, and of increasing availability of sophisticated tools for creating, manipulating, publishing, and disseminating that content. Advertising campaigns openly encourage users to 'Rip. Mix. Burn.' and to share the fruits of their individual or collaborative efforts with the rest of the world. The Internet has smashed the distribution bottleneck of older media, and the dominance of the traditional producer > publisher > distributor value chain has weakened. Marshall McLuhan's dictum 'everyone's a publisher' is on the verge of becoming a reality - and more to the point, as the Wikipedia proudly proclaims, 'anyone can edit.'