Browsing by Subject "appropriation"

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  • Viholainen, Noora; Kylkilahti, Eliisa; Autio, Minna; Toppinen, Anne (2020)
    Having a home is a central part of the everyday consumer experience. In our study, we focus on Finnish homeowners who have recently bought an apartment in a multi-family timber-framed building. With its merits in sustainability, the number of timber buildings in less-traditional urban applications is increasing, yet, research on living in a wooden home is scarce. To fill this gap, the study analyses how homeowners perceive the wooden material before and after living in a wooden home for one year. Thus, besides the acquisition of a home, the study examines the consumers' appropriation processes and aims to gain insight into the cultural sense-making behind the appreciation of wooden homes. The results of this qualitative study indicate that traditions and memories related to wood affect consumers' appreciations, for example, regarding the cosiness of a wooden home. The consumers discussed the weaknesses assigned to wood, such as fire and moisture susceptibility, yet, they considered them to concern all construction materials, not only wood. After habitation for one year, the usability of the home becomes particularly relevant, including the ease with which shelves can be mounted onto the walls, enjoying the echoless soundscape, and living with clicking sounds and vibrating floors. The study suggests that the meanings of consumers' daily experiences concerning the usability of wooden buildings are under negotiation and cannot be reduced simply into positive or negative but carry elements of both.
  • Salovaara, Antti; Bellucci, Andrea; Vianello, Andrea; Jacucci, Giulio (ACM, Association for Computing Machinery, 2021)
  • Seuri, Olli; Ramstedt, Kim (2022)
    This article outlines a first attempt at analysing counter‐media publishing through the lens of remix theory. We concentrate on two key concepts appropriation and authorship—which have a permanent standing in the remix research literature. To support our theoretical analysis, we investigate the coverage of two cases in the Finnish right‐wing counter‐media online publication MV‐lehti. Our findings enable new readings on the nature of both counter‐media work and remix culture. In fact, counter‐media publishing leans more in the direction of remix culture—which is based on the act of using pre‐existing materials to produce something new—than towards traditional journalistic convention, with its rules and ethical guidelines. MV‐lehti’s practice of combining and layering different material is discernibly political, often resembling media activism. Our study provides the argument that counter to the utopian democratising assumptions of remix culture, the proliferation of remix practices has also given antidemocratic actors the means to challenge collectively and institutionally supported ideas of knowledge and justice. Counter‐media publishing is perhaps democratising in that it offers the means to participate, but these antagonistic actors also remix news to undermine liberal‐democratic ideals and social justice. Evidently, remix practices can be co‐opted for a reactionary agenda.