Making Is Connecting (Paperback)

By David Gauntlett

Polity Press, 9780745650029, 232pp.

Publication Date: April 11, 2011

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In Making is Connecting, David Gauntlett argues that through makingthings, people engage with the world and create connections witheach other. Both online and offline, we see that people want tomake their mark on the world, and to make connections.
During the previous century, the production of culture becamedominated by professional elite producers. But today, a vast arrayof people are making and sharing their own ideas, videos, and othercreative material online, as well as engaging in real-world crafts, art projects, and hands-on experiences.
Gauntlett argues that we are seeing a shift from a'sit-back-and-be-told culture' to a'making-and-doing culture'. People are rejectingtraditional teaching and television, and making their own learningand entertainment instead. Drawing on evidence from psychology, politics, philosophy, and economics, he shows how this shift isnecessary and essential for the happiness and survival of modernsocieties.

About the Author

David Gauntlett is Professor of Media and Communications at University of Westminster, UK, and author of several books including Creative Explorations.