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  • Cultural Criminals: How Social Media Facilitated the Dilution of Subculture

Sun, Qian and Lowe, David, 2014, Book Section, Cultural Criminals: How Social Media Facilitated the Dilution of Subculture In: Bohemia, Erik, Rieple, Alison, Liedtka, Jeanne and Cooper, Rachel, (eds.) Proceedings of the 19th DMI: Academic Design Management Conference. DMI, pp. 1989-2014. ISBN 978-0-615-99152-8

Abstract or Description:

Due to the advent of the age of social media, youth culture, typically catalysed by media and fashion movements and bound by geographic location, is behaving in an entirely atypical manner, changing the way innovation is diffused among consumers. With this, the methods employed by marketing practitioners may be in danger of being rendered archaic as the innovations and trends that they pursue operate in an exaggerated and accelerated state of flux as the barriers between traditional subcultures collapse and merge, further challenging the functions of design management in a NPD project. This paper aims to investigate these phenomena through primary research (based upon the findings of six case studies and ten in-depth interviews). A theoretical reworking of Roger’s diffusion of innovations model illustrates the shortening of trends and the increase in velocity of tipping due to the wider population of innovators and early adopters that social media allows. This leads to the urgency of involving consumers in the process of innovation; and participatory design being an important aspect of NPD. The discussion implies that the function of design management should shift from acquiring marketing intelligence to facilitating the involvement of consumers in the process of innovation and NPD.

Official URL: https://www.dmi.org/page/ADMCConferenceTracks
Subjects: Creative Arts and Design > W900 Others in Creative Arts and Design
School or Centre: School of Design
Date Deposited: 24 Oct 2018 09:08
Last Modified: 09 Nov 2018 14:32
URI: http://researchonline.rca.ac.uk/id/eprint/3680

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