18. From the “Work of Consumption” to the “Work of Prosumers”: New Scenarios, Problems, and Risks

  1. Janet Wasko1,
  2. Graham Murdock2 and
  3. Helena Sousa PhD3
  1. Giovanni Cesareo

Published Online: 18 APR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444395402.ch18

The Handbook of Political Economy of Communications

The Handbook of Political Economy of Communications

How to Cite

Cesareo, G. (2011) From the “Work of Consumption” to the “Work of Prosumers”: New Scenarios, Problems, and Risks, in The Handbook of Political Economy of Communications (eds J. Wasko, G. Murdock and H. Sousa), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444395402.ch18

Editor Information

  1. 1

    University of Oregon, USA

  2. 2

    Loughborough University, UK

  3. 3

    Communication Sciences Department, University of Minho, Portugal

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 18 APR 2011
  2. Published Print: 15 APR 2011

Book Series:

  1. Global Handbooks in Media and Communication Research

Book Series Editors:

  1. Annabelle Sreberny

Series Editor Information

  1. School of Oriental and African Studies, London, UK

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405188807

Online ISBN: 9781444395402

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Keywords:

  • dynamics of consumption - choice, mobilization and control;
  • “Work of Consumption” to “Work of Prosumers” - new scenarios, problems and risks;
  • “work of consumption” - new information material, and “work of production”;
  • consumption of information - “work in progress” delivering different outputs;
  • “Consumer” and what it means - “consumer” becoming questionable;
  • “work of consumption” - selecting, assembling, cleaning up, critical valuing and digging out;
  • different levels of “Work of Consumption” - affecting cognitive process, relative outputs;
  • productivity of “Work of Consumption” - levels of final outputs, complex;
  • fallacy of technological determinism - questions raised by “work of consumption”

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • What Does “Consumer” Mean?

  • The Different Levels of the “Work of Consumption”

  • The Productivity of the “Work of Consumption”

  • The Problems of Access

  • The Fallacy of Technological Determinism

  • From “Consumer” to “Prosumer”?

  • References

  • Suggestions for Further Reading