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When things get serious in the media space, my friends at the Knight Foundation rally the troops. Last week, I was invited to a workshop Knight held with the Aspen Institute on trust, media and democracy in America. I prepared …
Remember Mastodon? In April 2017, there was a wave of excitement about Mastodon, a federated social network begun in October 2016 by Eugen Rochko, a 24-year old German software engineer, as an alternative to Twitter. Recent news about CloudFlare’s decision …
A year ago, I had the opportunity to go to Colombia for the first time, as part of a delegation from Open Society Foundation. We were trying to understand the affects Colombia’s long guerilla war had on the society and …
Joi Ito, director of the MIT Media Lab, is fond of saying that you don’t win a Nobel Prize by following the rules. Until Joi, Reid Hoffman and I started working to craft the Media Lab’s $250,000 Disobedience Award, I …
— The Official Weblog of Henry Jenkins June 6, 2017 The Ambivalent Internet: An Interview with Whitney Phillips and Ryan M. Milner (Part Three) By Late in the book, you consider Trump and his alt-right supporters. What can the book’s approach teach us about the newly elected American President and his often trollish conduct online and off. Even his supporters are telling us we should not take what he says, for example, in his tweets “literally” and suggesting that his words might better be understood “symbolically,” phrases that evoke the questions around authenticity and sincerity that run across your book.
— The Official Weblog of Henry Jenkins June 1, 2017 The Ambivalent Internet: An Interview with Whitney Phillips and Ryan M. Milner (Part Two) By Much academic work on digital culture focuses on questions of meaning, yet as you note, it is often hard, if not impossible, to determine meaning and intent within online spaces and some of the groups you study refuse to ascribe meaning or sentiment to their otherwise overwrought content. So, if meaning is not your focus, what is? Not being able to objectively confirm meaning or intent—even in individual instances of remix or sharing, to say nothing about the assessment of an entire memetic life cycle—might seem like a research roadblock.
— The Official Weblog of Henry Jenkins May 30, 2017 The Ambivalent Internet: An Interview with Whitney Phillips and Ryan M. Milner (Part One) By Two of the most promising young scholars writing about digital culture today — Whitney Phillips (This is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things: Mapping the Relationship Between Online Trolling and Mainstream Culture) and Ryan M. Milner (The World Made Meme: Public Conversations and Participatory Media) — have collaborated to produce an important new book that is being released this week — The Ambivalent Internet: Mischief, Oddity and Antagonism Online.
— The Official Weblog of Henry Jenkins May 24, 2017 Science Fiction and the Civic Imagination: Whose Future Does Science Fiction Foretell (Part 3) By Samantha Close: So, thank you all so much for coming. This is really interesting. So, we’ve talked a lot about what we may call it primary texts and primary authors and originators. But one of the things that’s always interested me a lot about the science fiction and fantasy genres is the fandoms and the way that readers become writers and start to interact.
— The Official Weblog of Henry Jenkins May 22, 2017 Science Fiction and the Civic Imagination: Whose Future Does Science Fiction Foretell? (Part 2) By Tok: You talked about your own particular areas of expertise. But what — you know, having heard all these speakers, how do you think that your own projects sort of intersect with each other? How do they speak to each other’s projects? Nalo: Well, as writers we talk to each other a lot, particularly people who are writers of color or women writers, we see the commonalities in what we’re trying to write about.