, also known as user-generated content
, can be understood, from the inclusive perspective of Dialectical metaRealism
™ (a critical realist perspective), as a shift away from media oligarchy
(elite dominance and disunity), in which average persons are almost exclusively the consumers
of information, toward media democracy
(emancipation and unity in diversity), in which they also become, sometimes through their participation in syndication, the producers
, and publishers
— Mark A. Foster, Ph.D.