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Eric C. Cook


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Cook, Eric C. and Teasley, Stephanie D. (2011): Beyond promotion and protection: creators, audiences and common ground in user-generated media. In: Proceedings of the 2011 iConference 2011. pp. 41-47. http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/1940761.1940767

In this paper, we present findings from a qualitative study of producers in a specific creative domain -- online digital photography. We used social psychology and linguistic concepts of audience design and common ground to analyze data from interview and observational sessions with 26 individuals. Through this, we identified several recurrent types of intended audiences: intimates (friends and family), photo subjects and event participants, communities of interest, communities of practice, professional contacts and peers, current and potential commercial clients, the generalized audience of "the internet," and the self as audience. We also identified three recurrent audience management practices. We use these findings to discuss the role of shared history and shared interpretive frames in the generation of common ground between creators and audiences. Our findings recast privacy controls and promotion support as subtypes of a broader set of audience management practices, providing new considerations for design of creativity support tools and user-generated media systems.

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Cook, Eric C. (2010): The virtual home mode: photography & biography work. In: GROUP10 International Conference on Supporting Group Work 2010. pp. 353-354. http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/1880071.1880147

In this paper, I describe an ongoing qualitative study into the collaborative production and social uses of snapshot photography in the context of modern user-generated content systems. Through semi-structured interviews and in-home observation, I examine how these everyday media practices support the biographies and well-being of the participants. I build on Chalfen's concept of the home mode media production to frame the set of users and social behaviors in this study, terming current analogous activities as the "virtual home mode." In doing so, I contribute to the body of research investigating the relationships between technology and well-being, as well as providing rich description of user practices in the pervasive context of personal digital photography.

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Cook, Eric C. (2007): The knot of amateurs & professionals: untangling social roles in creative practice. In: Proceedings of the 2007 Conference on Creativity and Cognition 2007, Washington DC, USA. p. 279. http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/1254960.1255015

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