150 years after the publication of “Das Kapital”, which is part of the UNESCO Memory of the World collection, we have to rethink some basics again. Not ownership of capital but access to goods and services might be more crucial. At least this is in brief the argument by Jeremy Rifkin. Prosumption as renting out your apartment, which you do not own, blurs the borderline between ownership and consumption. Two students in the 2nd year course, Ruxian Li & Alicia Pavón Vergés, have carried out a pilot study on Airbnb and Prosumption. They conclude that trust plays a crucial role in such new forms of consumer and service provider relationships. With their explicit agreement we make this work available here Airbnb.
The image below was taken at the exposition “Books that made Europe” at the Bibliotheca Wittockiana in Brussels.
It is a common myth only that in the social sciences students with the best sense of humor achieve the highest grades. Studying the evolution of humor at times of prosumption or in the digital age is a challenge. Bujun Deng, Ningxin Li and Nadine Cyanara Sarabiahave have taken up that challenge and wrote a nice term paper on it as part of the course on consumer culture and society. They agreed to share it Humor Prosumption – The Impact of Digital Technology. Humor seems to travel across cultures, but please check it out for yourself.
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The course on consumer culture and society has come to a close. One of the outstanding projects and the final paper delivered is by Jonathan Laetsch. Based on an in-depth interview of a rising musician living and creating in the US, he analyses the pros and cons of the new digital area of music production. Albeit it has become easier to produce your own music, it is difficult to make a decent living based on composing, performing and producing. The paper traces with much detail the pathway of a prosuming musician. Enjoy the paper music prosumption by laetsch and tune in to the musician VALNTN if you like here.