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Media in Transition 5 at MIT May 4, 2007

Posted by Joanne KY Teoh in Convergence, MIT5, News, YouTube.
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by Joanne KY Teoh
I just spent a very scholarly week in Cambridge, where I spoke on a panel at the Media in Transition 5 Conference at MIT. My presentation on journalism in the digital age examined the YouTube phenomenon and the emergence online of grassroots video narratives from Asia. My panel took very probing questions from the many digital visionaries in the audience, including Henry Jenkins and William Uricchio, Co-Directors of the MIT Comparative Media Studies program.

The conference is a joint effort of MIT Comparative Media Studies and the MIT Communications Forum. The Spring weekend was jam-packed with plenaries and breakouts as an international panel of thinkers, scholars, artists, practitioners and writers descended on the MIT campus to dissect thinking, trade research and toss ideas that don’t yet exist around the conference themes of creativity, ownership, and collaboration in the digital age.

What a smorgasbord of conversations on theory and practice. What a feast of thinking across media forms, theoretical domains, cultural contexts, and historical periods. Despite mostly standing room only at the plenaries, a global audience could follow the proceedings. Plenary sessions have been posted to the MIT CMS Podcast.

1: Folk Cultures and Digital Cultures
2: Collaboration and Collective Intelligence
3: Copyright, Fair Use and the Cultural Commons
4: Learning through Remixing
5: Reproduction, Mimicry, Critique and Distribution Systems in Visual Art
6: Summary Perspectives

To subscribe to the MIT CMS Podcast for future recordings, go here.

Henry Jenkins has invited feedback in his post-conference thread.

The theme for the conference:

Our understanding of the technical and social processes by which culture is made and reproduced is being challenged and enlarged by digital technologies. An emerging generation of media producers is sampling and remixing existing materials as core ingredients in their own work. Readers are actively reshaping media content as they personalize it for their own use or customize it for the needs of grassroots and online communities. Of course, the idea that artists build on earlier traditions or that new texts speak to and about earlier texts is scarcely a new idea. This fifth Media in Transition conference aims to generate a conversation that compares historical forms of cultural expression with contemporary media practices.

Here’s a sampling of the menu:

advertising; blogs; collective intelligence; cultural studies; digital storytelling; fair use; Flickr; folk culture; history of tech; creative labor; media literacy; music; remixing and mashups; copyright and copyleft; networked culture; films; photoblogs; photography; creative commons; urban cultures; YouTube; MySpace; Shakespeare; Homer; Gutenberg parenthesis, etc etc.

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