“ Black Box Fallacy

“ Black Box Fallacy

Jenkins claims that convergence is about the relationships between media convergence, participatory culture, and collective intelligence. What do these three concepts mean, both individually and in relation to teach other?

When Jenkins says that convergence is both a top-down and a bottom-up process; what does he mean?

What does Jenkins mean by the “black box fallacy”? How many black boxes (media-related devices) do you have in your home today?

On page 287, Jenkins refers to the concept of “astroturf” — what does he mean by this, and what are the implications for human rights issues and advocates?

How does Jenkins describe “critical utopians” vs. “critical pessimists”?  Which would he identify with?  Do you agree?  Why or why not?

Is convergence an inevitable reality for media today?  Why or why not?

As always, these prompts are intended only to get the ball rolling; feel free to diverge from them as you wish.

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