Traditional amateur video producers’ use of the Internet: making connections in a complex and contested environment

Hondros, J.J. 2013. Traditional amateur video producers’ use of the Internet: making connections in a complex and contested environment. PhD thesis University of Westminster School of Media, Arts and Design

TitleTraditional amateur video producers’ use of the Internet: making connections in a complex and contested environment
TypePhD thesis
AuthorsHondros, J.J.
Abstract

The Internet has been adopted as a video distribution technology by different

categories of amateur video producers who were using other distribution

methods prior to its advent. I conducted a one-year ethnographic study of

amateur producers from three such categories (public access television

producers, video activists, and film and television fans) to understand their

reasons for this adoption, how they used this technology, and the interactions

with their audiences that followed from its use, analysing my findings within a

new materialist framework. I found that the producers had a diverse set of

reasons for going online and that these largely depended on their specific

circumstances, and on how they saw the online environment in relation to their

overall objectives as video makers. These circumstances and objectives also

meant that some producers resisted going online at all, or used the technology

in a restricted way, and that traditional distribution methods continued to exist in some form alongside the Internet-based ones. The producers assembled

together different people and technologies to distribute their videos, which was often a complex and contested process, typically resulting in distribution

assemblages that were precarious and that required on-going maintenance.

These assemblages used a wide variety of technological components, selected

for a broad range of reasons, which also largely reflected the specific

circumstances and objectives of the producers. I also found that the producers

varied considerably in their attitude towards audience engagement, as well as in the methods they used to achieve it, and in the success of those methods.

Some were in fact indifferent to it, while others considered it a critical part of their activities. While some were successful in producing sustained interactions with their audiences, others failed to do so. These findings enrich and

problematize our current understanding of this emergent phenomenon.

Year2013
FileJohn_James_HONDROS_2013.pdf
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Completed2013

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