The Participatory Museum and a New Authority

By Lori Byrd Phillips

Over the past several weeks, a series of discussions have taken place on Twitter and the blogosphere that revolve around the challenges and opportunities that museums face in an age of participatory culture. While debates about the intersection of museum authority and public voice have gone on for some time, this recent flurry of dialogue among museum technology professionals was particularly deep — and deliberate in asking the tough questions. You can catch up on this discussion at Nina Simon’s Museum 2.0 blog , Rob Stein’s series on the Indianapolis Museum of Art blog (Parts I, II, and III), and the Twitter hashtags #museumchallenges and #sgsculture...

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