More Reviews Are In
Several outlets have recently published reviews of Spreadable Media. Find out what they say here:
- Louisa Stein organized a roundtable discussion about Spreadable Media, which appeared comprised the “reviews” section of the Spring 2014 volume of Cinema Journal. The discussion includes co-author Henry Jenkins and Sam Ford; contributors Xiaochang Li and Sharon Ross; and Kristina Busse, Melissa Click, and Paul Booth.
- Amy Lea Clemons’ review of Spreadable Media for The Journal of Popular Culture finds that the physical book proves a great resource that will be “easily accessible to general reading audiences,” while the enhanced books provides a range of research that will prove particularly useful for academics. She summarizes, “This text, along with the ‘enhanced’ essays, could serve as an excellent core text for an introductory course on new media or as a supplemental text for more advanced courses on contemporary media studies scholarship.”
- Ian Grant’s review of Spreadable Media for The International Journal of Advertising calls the book “the rarest of titles…an unfolding story pulled together effectively by the concluding manifesto” which “distil(s) down a vast array of ideas and provide(s) a critical commentary on what it all means.”
- Shayne Pepper’s review of Spreadable Media for the June 2014 edition of CHOICE sums it up as “highly recommended” for all readers, calling the book “a worthy and exciting follow-up to” Jenkins’ Convergence Culture that “will interest a broad audience.”
- University of North Carolina-Greensboro Department of Communication Studies Professor Roy Schwartzman reviews five books on digital culture, including Spreadable Media, in “Digital Culture as Emancipator, Oppressor, and Distractor” for the inaugural issue of North American Social Science Review from Lindsey Wilson College in Kentucky. He positions the book alongside various contemporaries, writing that the book “suggest(s) a negotiation between commodification and gifting” and “endorses reframing media audiences as active contributors.”
- Michael B. Munnik reviews Spreadable Media for H-Net’s JHistory, writing that the book has “the curious prestige of providing a book-length object lesson of the value of curation in participatory culture.” Munnik highlights what he finds valuable in the book, as well as his frustrations with questions of methodology and questions of “importance” with cultural studies.
- Kirby Prickett reviews the book for WP Engine, concluding that Spreadable Media “will appeal to people who are interested in the big picture—those who seek to understand the social and cultural context of today’s media environment, including in a transnational context.”
- Miami University doctoral candidate in rhetoric and composition Dustin Edwards reviews Spreadable Media at his blog, Annotate This, calling it a “timely and fundamentally rhetorical book” which is “extremely practical” and which “appeals to a diverse audiences” In particular, Edwards looks at takeaways for those interested in rhetoric.