Participatory Culture is a term used to describe how the public are not just consumers but are also contributors. Access to the internet and advances in technology have caused the public to be able to publish media through Web 2.0, Wiki’s and Free open source software.
A Web 2.0 site allows the users to interact through user-generated content whereas, Web sites limit users to viewing content. Examples of Web 2.0 include Facebook, Twitter and YouTube as these sites allow users to post their own content online.
A wiki is a web application which allows collaborative modification, extension, or deletion of its content and structure. A wiki can allow all users to edit any page or create new pages within the wiki Web site. Essentially, a wiki is a database for “creating, browsing, and searching through information.”
User Generated Content (UGC)
This is a computer software that allows anyone to use, copy, study, and change the software in any way. The source-code is shared freely so users are encouraged to improve the design of the software. Examples include Linux, Openstreetmap, Craigslist, and Mapbox.