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Blockbusters for the youtube generation : a new product of convergence culture

Hess, Kristy and Waller, Lisa 2011, Blockbusters for the youtube generation : a new product of convergence culture, Refractory : a journal of entertainment media, vol. 19, pp. 1-12.

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Title Blockbusters for the youtube generation : a new product of convergence culture
Author(s) Hess, Kristy
Waller, Lisa
Journal name Refractory : a journal of entertainment media
Volume number 19
Start page 1
End page 12
Publisher Melbourne University, School of Culture and Communication
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Publication date 2011-08-01
ISSN 1447-4905
Summary While scholars have paid much attention to YouTube in a Web 2.0 environment, the YouTube blockbuster is yet to be discussed as part of this convergence culture. It differs from transmedia storytelling in that no single company owns or controls the characters or concepts. Once users have elevated videos with rich narrative qualities to the heights of fame within YouTube and other virtual social networks, they are taken from the YouTube archive by global commercial media and given new exchange values in traditional media forms such as books, films, television shows and ancillary products, using fragmented classical narrative techniques to do so. This paper traces the history of the blockbuster as a way of large commercial media adapting to social and technological change after World War II, to its refinements in the 1970s to cater for younger audiences and changes in the media landscape, to its most recent incarnation in YouTube. We argue that the economic and cultural values of the blockbuster are being transformed and refigured by the new form it has begun to take within convergence culture.
Language eng
Field of Research 200101 Communication Studies
Socio Economic Objective 950204 The Media
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2011, University of Melbourne, School of Culture and Communication
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