Symbolic Amateurs: On the Discourse of Amateurism in Contemporary Media Culture

Caroline Hamilton

Abstract

The amateur is the person who engages in activities that for another constitute a professional work role. Despite the global drive for professional development, amateurs are increasingly valued in the digitised economy. This leads to a series of interesting and increasingly pressing questions with regard to the nature of ‘the amateur’ in modern society and culture. Are amateurs necessarily good? Is amateurism necessarily located with amateur practitioners? Do divisions between professional producers and amateurs hold relevance to a post-industrial, network economy?

Keywords

Web 2.0, labour, amateur, professional

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