Andres Monroy-Hernandez Thesis Defense

August 1, 2012


MIT Media Lab, E14-633


This work describes a framework for the design and study an online community of amateur creators. Monroy-Hernandez focuses on remixing as the lens to understand the contexts and processes of creative expression as it is fostered within social media environments. He is motivated by three broad questions:

Environment: what kind of attributes influence people's remixing practices?
Process: how people do people remix functional role of remixing in cultural production and social learning?
Attitudes: what are people's attitudes toward remixing?

As part of this work, he conceived, developed, and studied the Scratch Online Community, a website where young people share and remix their own video games and animations, as well as those of their peers. In five years, the community has grown to more than one million registered members and two million community-contributed projects.

Host/Chair: Mitchel Resnick


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