Convergence Culture

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Convergence Culture, -where old media collides with new media, a book written by  H. Jenkins. This book is about the relationship between 3 concepts: media convergence, participatory culture, and collective intelligence. One example Jenkin gives of this occurring is the story about a high school student that circulated in the fall of 2001. Dino Ignacio had created a Photoshop collage of Sesame Street’s Bert interacting with terrorist leader Osama Bin Laden as part of a series of “Bert Is Evil” images he posted on his homepage for laughs. Not long after Bangladesh-based publisher had scanned the Web for Bin Laden images to print on anti-American signs, posters, and T-shirts and used Ignacio’s collage. From his bedroom, Ignacio sparked an international controversy. Jenkins’s other example focused on technology, cell phones these days have multiple purposes function devices. Companies no longer make single function phones, meaning we can’t exactly go back to lower tech or in Ignacio’s case you can’t undo the media convergence that occurred with his image you can only let it pass and move forward.


I believe that  convergence is very convenient and useful for work, school, or leisure i can keep up to date on what i need to know to not be behind. Emails can be sent and viewed from my phone and apps allow me to work on projects on the go if i must. a phone can be a scientific calculator a game boy and be used by small businesses as a register.  But if one is not wise with their online identity like in Ignacio’s case there can be negative results.

My questions to you:

Do you like the way devices have multi purpose, or is it a negative experience?

Are you careful about what you create and upload?

have you ever experienced or witnessed [on any scale] a similar case to Ignacio’s story?


3 responses to “Convergence Culture

  • autumnjames

    Its interesting that you would mention being careful about the images we post because they can be re-posted by someone else. On many social sites, you lose the rights to whatever images you post. Not only can incidents happen like the one in Ignacio’s case, but your artwork can also be taken from a site like Facebook and posted by others without your consent. There have even been multiple cases of students posting artwork and larger manufacturers can steal the design without notifying or paying the original artist.

  • Heidi May

    Excellent points to bring up here, Autumn. I remember when a lot of people chose to only use their Flickr account for posting photos and refused to upload them to Facebook because of this reason (posting links to Flickr instead). Then it seemed there was a point in time when we began to pay less attention to this – perhaps it was when we realized that basically once we post an image online we have lost full copyright privileges anyways, due to the nature of the internet medium. I encourage everyone to use Creative Commons licensing protocol for images that you want to put online but, at the same time, are hesitant to do so. Creative Commons lets you choose the right license for an image – – and people are getting more and more familiar with it. You can provide a caption with your image to request that people abide by the license. You will see Creative Commons licenses on many artist website (see mines for example You can also choose to only search for Creative Commons license images when looking for stock photos to choose from online (see for example:

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