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Making is Connecting: The social power of creativity, from craft and knitting to digital everything – Second expanded edition Paperback – 27 Apr 2018
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This updated volume guides us through the twists and turns of a digitally connected society. Whether you′re an artist, teacher, parent, scholar, or just interested in digital media today, this book is essential reading.
Kylie Peppler, Indiana University
Sharp, witty, and passionate Gauntlett has crafted the most vital manifesto for how we can foster powerful and creative communities.
Simon Lindgren, Umeå University
About the Author
David Gauntlett is Canada Research Chair in the Faculty of Communication and Design, Ryerson University, Toronto. He is the author of several books, and has worked with a number of the world’s leading creative organisations, including the BBC, Tate, and LEGO.
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What I do have is a spare room and a laptop to help me tell my story and share it, a chapter at a time, with my online writers' group. Gauntlett tells stories, too: He relates relevant, inspiring anecdotes about groups like ours that dispense ideas, confidence, and conviviality. (Love that word, and loved learning about Ivan Illich, whose 'Tools for Conviviality' is now in my Amazon queue.)
As I plow ahead on my novel alongside my fellow (virtual) ink-stained wretches, I'd say this book has given me clarity as to how we are better together. Who needs a shed, anyway?
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One thing that I liked right away is that the updates from the 1st edition to this 2nd edition are easy to find as the author puts it in the opening pages. I really liked that.
I have not read the 1st edition so this edition is a first for me. There is so much that I could appreciate. The author presents a wide range of the how, when, why and where of creativity via Internet. It isn't a 'how to' book but rather looking at the phenomenon as a social fixture and why it has a purpose. For myself, I found a lot to agree with because I feel like the book described much of what I'm experiencing.
I've never thought of myself as a 'crafty' person but tapping into the resources has given me an outlet to try and learn. I can connect online but it also gives me a way to connect offline. It isn't all rosy and Gauntlett touches on the less-than-rosy aspects which is also appreciated.
For me, this was a great read because it came at the right time for me and it made sense for me. It definitely made me feel like my weekend 'crafting' has a purpose socially and personally.
This is a pedantic, academic and dull book parsing the roots of craft on social media. I found it super uninteresting. No mention of Ravelry at all, which was one of the first major craft presences on line. There’s a ball of yarn on the cover for goodness sake. I was very disappointed. This is for social media historians only or others writing academic papers.
The book is as much cheerleading about the benefits of making things as a way of connecting as it is informative. I rather suspect that anyone picking up this book is already sold on the social benefits of making things.
But that’s JustMe.
Naturally, I wondered how this second edition would compare. My verdict: It's brightly written, smartly argued, and absolutely a worthy successor. While the notion of Web 2.0 seems quaint now, in this edition Gauntlett bucks the predominant tendency to see the online world in 2018 as a negative place. The positive part--the part where people can post reviews they've written, for example, or where they can find guidance for an in-process project on YouTube--is where the online iterations of making and connecting thrive now.
This edition's three new chapters take a special focus on making and performing music, a field upended by the very technologies that allow amateurs as well as professionals to create and disseminate their work. The lesson Gauntlett draws from his analysis--namely, that "making things is about transforming materials into something new, but it is also about transforming one's own sense of self"--transcends media and platforms alike. It's a lesson makers know, and one we could all do well to experience.