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"Gauntlett offers a terrific account of how creativity, craft, and community intersect in the 21st century."
Clay Shirky, author of Here Comes Everybody
"Essential reading for media educators. Gauntlett takes us beyond instrumental notions of assessing creative practice or teaching with new media into a more far-reaching and political view of how human beings are finding new ways of making their mark on the world, contributing to culture and 'doing it for ourselves'. In a period where 'experts' are bombarding us with moral panics about 'screen addiction' and 'toxic childhood', usually without any research evidence or attention to the fields of existing literature, Making is Connecting redresses the balance and gives voice to the creative communities, on and offline, too often spoken about from positions of ignorance and suspicion."
Media Education Research Journal
"A very accessible and sound argument centered on creating and sharing as the cornerstones to individual happiness and healthy community in a society saturated with messages imploring and coercing us to do the exact opposite. Academic but accessible, fun with serious supportive argumentation, full of life and exploding with optimism, I'm certain David Gauntlett's Making is Connecting will inspire in you the fire to make, connect, and do!"
"In a beautifully crafted book, [Gauntlett] explains how making things connects us to our world and to each other...Perhaps more academics should be 'craftivists'."
Alison Adam, Salford University
Times Higher Education, "What Are You Reading?"
"Accessible, well constructed, bold and controversial."
Julian McDougall, Newman University College
Times Higher Education, "What Are You Reading?"
"Making is Connecting is an inspired call to recognize the relationship between encouraging creativity and fostering an engaged citizenry. If you want to understand how emerging practices in digital participatory cultures can lead to positive transformations in our individual lives and in our societies, you need to read this book."
Lynn Schofield Clark, University of Denver
"Making is Connecting is a remarkably clear, convincing and engaging work. Perhaps the best thing about this book is the way in which Gauntlett draws together the existing literature in this field of creativity and community (particularly online). The book makes sense of Leadbeater, Anderson, Lanier, Shirky and others and shines a light on their strengths and weaknesses in a lucid and convincing fashion."
Andrew Dubber, Birmingham City University
In Making is Connecting, David Gauntlett argues that, through making things, people engage with the world and create connections with each other. Both online and offline, we see that people want to make their mark on the world, and to make connections.
During the previous century, the production of culture became dominated by professional elite producers. But today, a vast array of people are making and sharing their own ideas, videos and other creative 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 rejecting traditional teaching and television, and making their own learning and entertainment instead. Drawing on evidence from psychology, politics, philosophy and economics, he shows how this shift is necessary and essential for the happiness and survival of modern societies.
I like the positive attitude to society developments. Very refreshing. Emphasises the satisfaction of creativity. Read morePublished on 3 Aug. 2013 by Keller
Great book - read it from cover to cover. For anyone who rejects art for arts sake, or who wants a refreshing approach to making and creativity, this is a mustPublished on 17 Jun. 2013 by Jinny Mckie
Bought this to use in my dissertation but it is also a really good book as well. Very interesting book absolutely enjoyed reading it!Published on 29 Feb. 2012 by Lucy Jennings
Despite being interested in the topic, I found this book difficult to plough through and I confess I didn't make it to the end. Only for those with stamina.Published on 23 Feb. 2012 by Kev Partner
This book made the connection for me between my politics and my interest in craft and making things. Read morePublished on 10 Dec. 2011 by Jess
I just love this book. It is a wake up call that just seems to resonate and ring true for me just at the moment. Read morePublished on 8 Dec. 2011 by Amazon Customer
I teach design students who are driven to make, but not so driven to connect. When I attempt to get them to consider the role of craft within society as a form of developing social... Read morePublished on 26 Oct. 2011 by J. Baldwin
This is a really worthwhile overview of whats happening in the online/interactive world of craftmaking today. Read morePublished on 13 Sept. 2011 by trishthedish