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Shortly after I arrived in Los Angeles, I was asked to serve on her dissertation committee at UCLA for promising graduate student named Drew Morton. Morton was putting together a committee that included that only myself but also Janet Bergstrom, John Caldwell and Denise Mann. This committee tells you something about this range of methodologies […]
— The Official Weblog of Henry Jenkins March 27, 2017 Announcing Transforming Hollywood 8: “The Work of Art in the Age of Algorithmic Culture,” UCLA May 5, 2017. By The following is a hold the date announcement for the next Transforming Hollywood conference. Some speakers are still being confirmed as we post this. I will add their details as they get resolved. Transforming Hollywood 8: “The Work of Art in the Age of Algorithmic Culture,” UCLA May 5, 2017. Co-directors, Denise Mann, UCLA and Henry Jenkins, USC Overview: Transforming Hollywood 8: “The Work of Art in the Age of Algorithmic Culture,” reframes Walter Benjamin’s oft-quoted essay about technology’s double-edged sword: mechanical reproduction fundamentally alters the original artwork’s unique auratic properties but makes it accessible to the masses.
— The Official Weblog of Henry Jenkins March 22, 2017 How Did We Get So Many Great Television Shows?: An Interview with UCLA’s Neil Landau (Part Three) By You and your interview subjects have a lot to say about genre across the book. Is genre still important as a means of marketing specific programs and targeting specific audiences? Are new genre categories emerging in this era of experimentation and differentiation? What genres do you see as most characteristic of the current television environment? Marketing executives like to classify and categorize shows in order to package and sell them.
— The Official Weblog of Henry Jenkins March 21, 2017 How Did We Get So Many Great Television Shows?: An Interview with UCLA’s Neil Landau (Part Two) By Your opening section pays attention to Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, Crackle, and others who have produced television style content for the web. In what ways have these networks become game-changers in terms of what we think television is? In what ways are broadcast and cable networks responding to the alternative models they represent? Serialized content used to scare the broadcast networks because if you missed an episode or two, they were afraid you’d never come back.
— The Official Weblog of Henry Jenkins March 16, 2017 How did We Get So Many Great Television Shows?: An Interview with UCLA’s Neil Landau (Part One) By When was the last time anyone you know spoke of television as “a vast wasteland”? Certainly, television today is as vast as ever was, actually probably 100 times more so, but there more outstanding television series available to us each week can we possibly could watch. Some are describing the current moment is the era of peak television or the age of too much great TV.
— The Official Weblog of Henry Jenkins March 13, 2017 A Few of My Favorite Podcasts (Part Six): Everyday Wonders By Everyday Wonders I decided to call this installment Everyday Wonders because each of the podcasts I’m discussing here take as their core subject matter the practices of everyday life. They managed to turn subject matter that we take for granted into stories that are fascinating and engaging. In part this has to do with the skills of their hosts as storytellers and investigators. These podcasts also popularize some of the core insights of cultural studies: the culture is ordinary, that humans do not involve themselves in activities that are meaningless, and that looking beneath the surface of everyday life may help us to understand hidden assumptions and values that shape who we are and how we see the world.
— The Official Weblog of Henry Jenkins March 10, 2017 A Few of My Favorite Podcasts (Part Five): Minority Reports By My interest in the opening of the National Museum of African-American History and Culture also led me to the podcast. Each week Wesley Morris and Jenna Wortham, both African-American, offer their perspectives on current events and especially popular culture. The contents might range from an in-depth interview with RuPaul to a frank discussion of our culture’s ongoing obsession with the black penis.
— The Official Weblog of Henry Jenkins March 8, 2017 A Few of My Favorite Podcasts (Part Four): American Voices By In the wake of last year’s divisive election, there’s never been such an urgent need for Americans to be listening to each other. America is in the midst of a dynamic and dramatic demographic shift which is been building over the last several decades and extends into the horizon. America is becoming a more diverse nation, one which will be minority – majority in a few more years. Some segments of the population have embraced these changes but others have been left out of this conversation, are less certain what the future holds for them, and were encouraged by this election cycle to react with fear and uncertainty.
— The Official Weblog of Henry Jenkins March 6, 2017 A Few of My Favorite Podcasts (Part Three): Television, Fandom and Popular Culture By Television and other popular culture Maureen Ryan is quite simply the smartest person writing about television today. Her tastes are refreshingly eclectic ranging from “quality dramas” like Rectify to genre series like Killjoys without any signs of High-Low bias. She fearlessly champions the interests of television fans, which is all the more remarkable given Variety‘s history as a spokesman for the television industry.
— The Official Weblog of Henry Jenkins March 3, 2017 A Few of My Favorite Podcasts (Part Two): Cinema By This is part two in a six part series pimping my favorite podcasts. I am happy to hear further suggestions from readers. Popular Culture It will not surprise anyone who knows me well that I listen to a large number podcasts focused around popular culture, media, and entertainment. The one ring to rule them all is NPR’s which feels like a bunch of really smart and witty friends who get together every week to talk about their most recent discoveries and passions.
— The Official Weblog of Henry Jenkins March 1, 2017 A Few Of My Favorite Podcasts (Part One): Intro and Politics By This is the first of a Six Part Series. Like many of my friends, I became fascinated several years ago with the pleasures of longform audio storytelling as represented by the successful Serial. When that series ended, I found myself searching for other examples of podcasting as an emerging media form, a search that is only intensified as I’ve ended up reviewing a range of podcast and my roles as the jury member for the Peabody Awards.
— The Official Weblog of Henry Jenkins February 27, 2017 Superheroes and the Civic Imagination By In early December, I delivered — via Skype — some opening remarks for the Superhero Identities Symposium at Melbourne’s Australian Center for the Moving Image. Angela Ndlianis, one of the event organizers, has let me know that an audio podcast version of my remarks and those of some of the other sessions are now available online. . My remarks built upon Henry Jenkins, Sangita Shresthova, Neta Kligler-Vilenchik, and Liana Gamber-Thompson, “Super-Powers to the People!: How Young Activists are Tapping the Civic Imagination,” in Eric Gordon and Paul Mihalias (eds.
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? Bourdaa: We are in […]
— The Official Weblog of Henry Jenkins February 25, 2017 Imagine Us, 2040 By Recently, my research group, Civic Paths, released a special project, which we developed using the Medium Platform. We’ve been spending more and more time as a group theorizing what we describe as the “civic imagination” and running world-building workshops with various groups as a means to inspire more progressive visions of political change. This process has seemed especially urgent to us in the aftermath of the November election and at the start of the Trump administration, given how many people have lost hope in the direction our country is going.
Imagine a nation with a noble and proud history, but a rough last century. It was occupied by a massive, powerful neighbor to the north, who undermined its political system and land ownership to benefit its national commercial interests. Soon …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.