Posts Tagged ‘e-culture’

so what… are we talking about?

October 23, 2007

This blog only exists thanks to Bob, who’s kindly creating a space for us to get into “e-culture & communication”. So I guess that’s kind of what we might talk about here… So the first question one might ask himself is surely: but what is “e-culture”? Well, i’m sure Bob’s gonna answer that, but here are a basic clues i found with Google (struggling a bit by the way, the notion is dutch isn’t it?)




“e-Culture?… Only five years ago nobody had heard of the word ‘e-culture’ – at least not in Holland, where I come from. Yes, there was much talk about ICT, information and communications technology and ist implications for economy and society. And when it came to arts and culture, government ministers spoke of “ICT and culture” as a new policy issue, focusing on the use of ict in the arts and cultural sector.

But today, e-culture appears an established phrase. With a wink towards such words as ‘ecommerce’ and ‘e-learning’, the idea of ‘e-culture’ signalled a new period, a new phase, where developments in arts and culture are given their place in the digital domain. Above all, the idea of ‘e-culture’ gave voice to the observation that since the mid-1990s something significantly new and different had been happening. Strange-looking as this novel word ‘e-culture’ appeared at first, I do think it made explicit that the rise of information society and digital media, did not only bring new tools and technologies, but that a new context was emerging for arts and culture.”



“Initially, use of the term e-culture was largely a rhetorical device to shift the ground in the established Dutch policy discourse. But today, some four years after it was first launched, ‘e-culture’ has become something of an established phrase in cultural policy circles, at least in the Netherlands. More importantly, ‘e-culture policy’ is beginning to establish the contours for strategies that open up new opportunities for the arts and the cultural sector in a world that is increasingly defined by media technologies and media contexts.”



“The term eculture refers to the diffusion of new technology, its application for various purposes (especially information and communication) and shifts in related attitudes, values and norms.The advent of an eculture is described here in terms of a broad definition of culture. This concerns the culture of a society with both idealmaterial characteristics. On the ideal side are symbol systems such as the language and information transferred to new generations by these symbol systems. This information is not neutral but has a normative charge. It embraces a system of attitudes concerning the kind of world in which we live, a system of general moral values arising from or justified by those attitudes and a system of norms that applies the general values to concrete situations and describes how the members of a group should act in various circumstances (Lenski and Lenski 1987: 40). Technology (technological knowledge) is part of the cultural information and it too is normatively charged. While technology may be classified on the ideal side, the outputs of that technology (appliances) may be ranged among the material cultural products.



“Eculture is not just ‘something to do with computers.’ The cultural implications of digitalisation are far greater than the mere instrumental exploitation of technical opportunities. Eculture is all about a new, digital dimension; a new and – until recently – undreamt-of medium with which existing culture must seek to interact and in which new culture is being generated. But eculture is also more than just a new medium. Digital technologies and the Internet are opening the door to new forms of expression, changing the roles played by cultural institutions, and placing the audience and user increasingly centre stage.”