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Part of what had initially interested me about transmedia storytelling was that we were seeing the kinds of textual expansion, backstory elaboration, and development of secondary characters that I had long associated with fan fiction but being incorporated officially into the franchise and thus becoming part of the canon. Although I appreciate the intellectual rationale […]
— The Official Weblog of Henry Jenkins February 2, 2017 hacked by NG689Skw By hacked by NG689Skw Filed Under: Speak Your Mind Name * Email * Website Spreadable Media: Creating Value and Meaning in a Networked Culture (Postmillennial Pop) Textual Poachers: Television Fans and Participatory Culture Reading in a Participatory Culture: Remixing Moby-Dick in the English Classroom Convergence Culture The Wow Climax Fans, Bloggers and Gamers Copyright © 2017 · on · ·
— The Official Weblog of Henry Jenkins January 31, 2017 Do Fans Generate Transtexts?: An Interview with Melanie Bourdaa and Benjamin W.L. Derhy Kurtz (Part Two) By There has been an international conversation amongst fans, producers, and academics about the nature of transmedia entertainment over more than a decade now. What do we know now that we did not know a decade ago? Why is now the right time to publish a new book on this topic? M. Bourdaa: We are in a more mature time to analyze transmedia productions and strategies.
One bit of good news for those thoroughly freaked out by the Trump presidency: there’s anger, passion and drive on the left that’s unprecedented in recent memory. Two weekends ago, my girlfriend, a veteran of Occupy Houston, warned me that …
— The Official Weblog of Henry Jenkins January 26, 2017 Do Fans Generate Transtexts?: An Interview with Benjamin Derhy Kurtz and Mélanie Bourdaa (Part One) By Over the last few installments, I’ve been sharing an interview with Matthew Freeman, the author of a new book which takes us into the history/prehistory of Transmedia entertainment. Today I will introduce a second interview also focused on current research which revises our understanding of the concept of Transmedia entertainment – Benjamin W. L.
— The Official Weblog of Henry Jenkins January 24, 2017 Yes, Transmedia HAS a History!: An Interview with Matthew Freeman (Part Three) By Marsha Kinder’s Playing with Power introduced the concept of “transmedia” in relation to characters and not stories, characters that travel between texts without necessarily carrying large amount of backstory with them. Her examples were Mario Brothers, Ninja Turtles, and Muppet Babies. Is the same true for the earlier examples you discuss? Does a more character-centered notion of transmedia allow for a looser set of relations between texts and less dependence on audiences “catching them all,” seeing every installment in order to make sense of the connections between them? Might this suggest that what was distinctive about more contemporary forms of transmedia is precisely the tighter integration of story enabled by new networked forms of production, distribution, and reception? I don’t think so.
— The Official Weblog of Henry Jenkins January 19, 2017 Yes, Transmedia HAS a History!: An Interview with Matthew Freeman (Part Two) By To continue with questions you pose yourself, “what does it actually mean to understand the industrial contingencies and practices of historical transmedia practices”? To break this down further, what does it mean to focus on shifting industrial conditions as opposed to say the technological affordances of media, the constitution of audiences and the conditions of reception, or the thematic and narrative conventions of the period, each of which might also help to explain transmedia practices? For me, only by understanding longer histories of production and consumption can we begin to make sense of the contingencies and the affordances of our contemporary transmedia landscape.
In early December, I spoke at the inaugural conference on Constructive Journalism hosted at Windesheim University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands. The conference is the brainchild of my friend Cathrine Gyldensted, who has been developing the powerful idea that …
— The Official Weblog of Henry Jenkins January 17, 2017 Yes, Transmedia HAS a History!: An Interview with Matthew Freeman (Part One) By From the start, there have been competing claims about the origins of Transmedia storytelling. Many read my discussion of The Matrix in Convergence Culture as indicating that transmedia was a new phenomenon emerging from networked culture. Transmedia in that account lay where old and new media collide. Indeed, at the time I wrote Convergence Culture, I was excited about the prospect of a new storytelling paradigm which I was trying to piece together from the glimpses provided by a range of contemporary projects — from Dawson’s Desktop and The Blair Witch Project to the early ARGS to The Matrix.
I spoke this afternoon at a rally in Pittsfield, Massachusetts my (almost) hometown (I live one town north, in Lanesboro.) The rally honored the four freedoms, articulated in his 1941 state of the union address by FDR: freedom of speech, …
Some research from our lab, the Center for Civic Media, because it’s fun and something I’m glad we produced. In the US, NFL football is more than a sport – it’s a stage on which broader national dramas play out. …
Two week ago, I wrote an op-ed for CNN.com on Steve Bannon, the “alt-right” and white nationalism. It got the reaction I usually get when I write on CNN – passionate wishes for my speedy demise, helpful reminders that I …
— The Official Weblog of Henry Jenkins December 9, 2016 Presenting the Videos of Transforming Hollywood 7: Diversifying Entertainment Conference By Today, I am happy to share with you the videos capturing our Oct. 21 event, Transforming Hollywood 7: Diversifying Entertainment, hosted by the USC Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism, in partnership with our colleagues in UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television’s Producers Program. The event was organized by Denise Mann, Henry Jenkins, and Stacy Smith and sponsored by JK Foundation, Fusion/Univision, George Foster Peabody Foundation, and the Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism.
— The Official Weblog of Henry Jenkins December 7, 2016 Mapping the Pragmatic Imagination: An Interview with Ann M. Pendleton-Jullian (Part 6) By How important is it that we share what emerges from our imagination with others — that we think of imagining as a collective rather than personal/individual process? This is such a powerful and important question – one worth devoting much attention to, as you have! I don’t think we can ignore that it starts with the personal/individual process – this question of the collective imagination, I mean.
— The Official Weblog of Henry Jenkins December 5, 2016 Mapping the Pragmatic Imagination: An Interview with Ann M. Pendleton-Jullian (Part 5) By You cite designers Anthony Dunne and Fiona Ruby as saying, “The purpose of speculation is to unsettle the present rather than to predict the future.” Does this imply that science fiction and other speculative genres might have a particularly powerful role to play in fostering the Pragmatic Imagination? What do you see as the relationship between speculative fiction and speculative design? Yes, absolutely, and in two ways.
— The Official Weblog of Henry Jenkins November 29, 2016 Mapping the Pragmatic Imagination: An Interview with Ann M. Pendleton-Jullian (Part 4) By Let’s shift to a topic that is central to both of us — why is it important that adults retain the capacity for play? There are six critical reasons that have to do with one’s relationship to the world in the world: for learning and unlearning that leads to new learning; for constructing and evolving meaningful social relationships; for experimenting with possibilities in order to imagine alternate perspectives and pathways; for its cooperatively competitive aspects; for its emotional aspects; and for resilience because all of the others build resilience.
— The Official Weblog of Henry Jenkins November 23, 2016 Mapping the Pragmatic Imagination: An Interview with Ann M. Pendleton-Jullian (Part 3) By I have been taken lately by a phrase from Stephen Duncombe’s writing about the value of utopian imagination, where he speaks of the “tyranny of the possible,” suggesting that our solutions to problems get limited when we are thinking only within the constraints of what we currently accept as reality. What are some of the tools you have discovered that people are using to think beyond “the tyranny of the possible”? How do we address the concern that unfettered imagination is by definition impractical if we are to achieve that mix of imagination and practice you advocate throughout the book? I love this phrase – “the tyranny of the possible”! Similar to it is one by Erik Olin Wright from Envisioning Utopias where he writes, “the actual limits of what is achievable depend in part on the beliefs people hold about what sorts of alternatives are viable.