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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 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.
— The Official Weblog of Henry Jenkins November 21, 2016 Mapping the Pragmatic Imagination: An Interview with Ann M. Pendleton-Jullian (Part Two) By Break down the core concept — the pragmatic imagination — for us. What do you mean by imagination? In what senses can our imaginations be turned into pragmatic tools for changing the world? When most people think of imagination, they mostly – or only – think of it in terms of the role it plays in artistic or speculative activities, those activities that we tend to associate with the word ‘creative.
— The Official Weblog of Henry Jenkins November 17, 2016 Mapping the Pragmatic Imagination: An Interview with Ann M. Pendleton-Jullian (Part 1) By Every so often, you are introduced to a person and by the time the first conversation is completed, you know you have met someone who is going to be a vital part of your intellectual community for years to come. This is what happened to me when John Seely Brown, AKA JSB (of Xerox Parc fame) introduced me to Ann M. Pendleton-Jullian. Ann is an architect and urban planner, currently at the Knowlton School at Ohio State University, but she is so much more than that.
— The Official Weblog of Henry Jenkins November 15, 2016 Cinema and Life Interpenetrated: A Conversation with Anand Pandian (Part Two) By This is part two of a conversation between Ritesh Mehta, my former student, and Anand Pandian, author of Reel World: An Anthropology of Creation. Cinema and Life Interpenetrated: A Conversation with Anand Pandian (Part Two) by Ritesh Mehta RM: Going back to your , I think that one of the most valuable contributions of your book is the methodology and approach—which I also attempt to employ in my dissertation—of trying to see the phenomenon from the point of view of your subjects, but as you point out towards the end, return it to a universal sense so that the distinction between subject and object disappears.
Ethan Zuckerman’s online home, since 2003 Trump’s victory and the rise of insurrectionism in America Posted on by Hundreds of thousands of articles will be written this week trying to explain what happened in the 2016 US presidential election. One of the best explanations was written four years ago by television host and cultural commentator, Chris Hayes. In his book, , Hayes explains that left/right divisions in the US are no longer as relevant as the tension between institutionalists and insurrectionists.
I hadn’t found space yet to cry this week. As the election results came in, I was out bowling with my students, and as they got more despondent, I told them ways Clinton might still win. When I woke to …
— The Official Weblog of Henry Jenkins November 10, 2016 Cinema and Life Interpenetrated: A Conversation with Anand Pandian (Part One) By Ritesh Mehta, a recently minted Annenberg School PHD (My advisee) and a regular contributor to Movie Maker Magazine, pitched me recently about doing an interview for the blog with Anand Pandian, the author of Reel World: An Anthropology of Creation, a work which Mehta feels represents a bold new experiment in academic writing and a ground breaking contribution to production studies.
I spent yesterday in Bogota, Colombia, as the invited guest of the Premio Nacional de Periodismo Simón Bolívar, offering a speech on the future of civics and the future of journalism. It’s a wonderful event – roughly 1100 people came …
As an advocate for Americans to pay more attention to international news, I often get the question, “Why bother? What can I do?” It’s a good question. Most of the time, there’s very little actionable in international news. Understanding the …
— The Official Weblog of Henry Jenkins November 3, 2016 Fostering Civic Engagement in a Networked Era:An Interview with Eric Gordon and Paul Mihailidis (Part Three) By A real strength of this collection is a movement between theoretical pieces proposing conceptual models for thinking about civic media and engagement and more case-study based pieces which document specific design practices or implementations of civic media within local communities. You are trying to bridge the theory-practice divide, in other words.
— The Official Weblog of Henry Jenkins November 2, 2016 Fostering Civic Engagement in a Networked Era: An Interview with Eric Gordon and Paul Mihailidis (Part Two) By There was an early discourse that read digital media in terms of “virtual communities” largely unmoored to physical geographies and unrelated to the locations where we live, work, and vote. To what degree is this book part of a larger move to reintroduce “location” and “locality” into our understanding of how online communities operate? To a large extent, we want to mobilize civic media to look across online or offline divides.
Reading Facebook before bed last night, amidst the Halloween costumes and candy haul photos, I saw this headline: “How to choose between the most corrupt, least popular candidates of all time”. Given that I’m researching a book on mistrust and …
— The Official Weblog of Henry Jenkins October 27, 2016 Fostering Civic Engagement in a Networked Era: An Interview with Eric Gordon and Paul Mihailidis (Part One) By In spring 2015, I ran a series of to celebrate the launch of , which Eric Gordon and Paul Mihailidis, the Co-Directors of Emerson College’s Engagement Lab, had developed in anticipation of their MIT Press book, Civic Media: Technology, Design, Practice. Well, that book is finally out and in the world. The new book includes essays by some of the key thinkers on contemporary media and politics, including W.
— The Official Weblog of Henry Jenkins October 25, 2016 Comics and Canons: An Interview with Bart Beaty (Part Three) By You make an interesting point that R. Crumb has been at a disadvantage in contemporary value judgements because he produced short stories rather than graphic novels. In literature, we can think of authors such as Edgar Allen Poe or Flannery O’Connor who have entered the canon as short story writers, and certainly playwrights can enter the literary canon and not simply novelists. So what might this suggest about the ways that the canon may be limiting our understandings of the range of options within comics as a medium? To me, the Crumb example shows how much more narrow the comics studies canon is than the literary canon, because I don’t think that there are as many opportunities for Crumb as there are for Poe or O’Connor.
— The Official Weblog of Henry Jenkins October 20, 2016 Comics and Canons: An Interview with Bart Beaty (Part Two) By Archie would probably end up on nobody’s list of the “greatest comics,” but it may well be one of the most pervasive comics in that many comics readers pass through an Archie phase at one time or another, at least those who start reading comics in their childhood. Is Archie a “plausible text” in the sense you are discussing here and if not, why not? I chose to work on Archie Comics precisely because I thought it was “implausible”.