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yellowBird as participatory video 3637603 04042011 M.A. Jansen BA eindwerkstuk TV als 'nieuw' medium

yellowBird as participatory video 3637603 04042011 M.A. Jansen BA eindwerkstuk TV als 'nieuw' medium

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Utrecht UniversityFaculty of the HumanitiesDegree program: pre-MA New Media & Digital CultureCourse: BA bachelor thesis: TV as 'new' mediumStudent: Mark A. JansenStudent ID: 3637603Title: yellowBird as participatory videoKeywords: participatory, video, culture, interactivity, yellowBirdMonth and Year: April 2011Supervisor: K. van Es
See the world like never before
(yellowBird, 2011b)
Table of content
1. Introduction2. Introducing yellowBird
2.1 yB's hardware, software and user experience2.2 The past, the present and the future: media archeology
3. Theoretical framework 
3.1 Formatted spaces of participation3.2 Interactivity: a defining characteristic of new media3.3 Interaction, participation and participatory culture3.4 From interaction to participation
4. yB as participatory video5. Conclusion
5.1 Suggestions for further research
6. Bibliography
Click and drag in all directions
(yellowBird, 2011b)
1. Introduction
In February 2010 the Dutch newspaper 
Het Financieel Dagblad 
reportedthat a Dutch '3D image'-company partnered with Google's YouTube. Thetopic of the article was yellowBird (yB), an enterprise producing a rather unconventional type of online video. YB uses a typical video camera,similar to the cameras used to produce the still images for 'Google StreetView'. However, different from StreetView's still images, yB offers “...amoveable 360° image in a spherical shape.” (yellowBird, 2011b) Themedia technology used by yB presents itself as a new phenomenon andthe challenge that presents itself is how to conceptualize this 'new' typeof online video.It is important to note that 'yellowBird' is the brand name of theenterprise and not the category label for this kind of video. Thetechnology goes by different names, such as '360 degree video' and'interactive video' (yellowBird, 2011b). These terms do not do justice tothe technology, because 1. interactivity is a fuzzy concept which does notexplain what this interactiveness means for the user experience, and 2.yB goes beyond 360 degrees of video. Therefore, this term literally fallsshort of accurately describing yB. The aim of this research is to advocatethat
participatory video
is a more adequate term by which to understandthe category of yB's video technology.The research is both descriptive and comparative, where the researchmethod is textual analysis enriched with elements of interface analysis.The object of the research is yB and where I address yB I refer to the'showreel', which is a typical example of an online video by yB(yellowBird, 2011c). The research will provide insight into the conceptparticipation as used in new media theory. First, I will introduce yB sincethis kind of video might be unfamiliar for some readers. Thereafter I willaddress the newness of yB by means of Huhtamo's article “Armchair Traveler on the Ford of Jordan: The Home, the Stereoscope and theVirtual Voyager” (1995).I introduce the concept of 'formatted spaces of participation' proposed byEggo Muller (2008) because it promotes awareness of the design,structure and affordance(s) of a (new) medium. In short, the way inwhich its space of participation is formatted. Such awareness isimportant because design has affordances which enables and evensuggests certain kinds of participation, while at the same time it prohibitsothers. Another valuable contribution of Muller's theory is that itcircumvents the often unfruitful dichotomies in texts about new media,usually described by the labels 'utopian' (positive) and 'dystopian'(negative) discourses.

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