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MIT Comparative Media Studies/Writing offers an innovative academic program that applies critical analysis, collaborative research, and design across a variety of media arts, forms, and practices.We develop thinkers who understand the dynamics of media change and can apply their insights to contemporary problems. We cultivate practitioners and artists who can work in multiple forms of contemporary media. Our students and research help shape the future by engaging with media industries and the arts as critical and visionary partners at a time of rapid transformation.


  • Remixing Shakespeare

    14/02/2007 Duración: 01h44min

    New technologies are enabling forms of borrowing, appropriation and “remixing” of media materials in exciting, provocative ways. In this Forum, two MIT scholars who have studied and written about the remixing of Shakespeare will describe their research, show some salient audio-visual examples and discuss the implications of their work for contemporary culture. Literature Professor Peter Donaldson is director of the Shakespeare Electronic Archive which since 1992 has used computers to develop new ways of studying the text, image and film records of Shakespearean publication and production. Literature Professor Diana Henderson is the author of Collaborations with the Past: Reshaping Shakespeare Across Time and Media and A Concise Companion to Shakespeare on Screen. She is an active participant in MIT’s partnership with the Royal Shakespeare Company. The forum will be moderated by Mary Fuller of the Literature Faculty.

  • Sharon Kinsella, "Men Imagining a Girl Revolution"

    28/11/2006 Duración: 01h28min

    Foreign Languages and Literatures visiting professor Sharon Kinsella examines the media constructions of a teenage female revolt in contemporary Japan drawing from her current book project Girls as Energy: Fantasies of Social Rejuvenation.

  • Jesper Juul, "Half-Real: A Video Game in the Hands of a Player"

    27/11/2006 Duración: 01h09min

    This lecture ties into Jesper Juul's recent book, Half-Real: Video Games between Real Rules and Fictional Worlds.

  • Futures of Entertainment 2006: "Fan Cultures"

    17/11/2006 Duración: 02h19min

    Panelists: Diane Nelson, danah boyd, Molly Chase Once seen as marginal or niche consumers, Fan communities look more 'mainstream' than ever before. Some have argued that the practices of web 2.0 are really those of fan culture without the stigma. Courted, encouraged, engaged and acknowledged, fans are more and more frequently being recognized as trendsetters, viral marketers, and grassroots intermediaries. Fan affinity is being seized as a form of grassroots marketing, representing the bleeding edge of brand and property commitment. The sophistication of fan-created products rivals the professional products they honor, sometimes keeping defunct properties alive long after their shelf life might otherwise have expired. How is the increasing importance of fan behavior re-writing the media landscape? What kinds of accountability should media companies have to their most committed consumers? What kinds of value do fans create through their activities? What are the sources of tension that still exist between medi

  • Futures of Entertainment 2006: Henry Jenkins, "Opening Remarks"

    16/11/2006 Duración: 24min

    The first in a series of six podcasts, recorded during the first Futures of Entertainment Conference hosted by the Convergence Culture Consortium and Comparative Media Studies at MIT.

  • Futures of Entertainment 2006: "Television Futures"

    16/11/2006 Duración: 01h27min

    This is the second in a series of six podcasts, recorded during the Futures of Entertainment Conference hosted by the Convergence Culture Consortium and Comparative Media Studies at MIT. Television Futures was the first session of the conference. The panelists featured in this recording are Andy Hunter, a Planning Director at GSD&M; Mark Warshaw, founder of FlatWorld Intertainment, Inc; and Josh Bernoff, a vice president at Forrester. The moderator was Henry Jenkins.

  • Futures of Entertainment 2006: "User-Generated Content"

    16/11/2006 Duración: 02h29min

    The panelists featured in this recording are Caterina Fake, Director of Tech Development at Yahoo! Inc; Ji Lee, founder of the Bubble Project; Rob Tercek, President and Co Founder of MultiMedia Networks; and Kevin Barrett, the Director of Design at BioWare Corp. The moderator was Joshua Green.

  • Futures of Entertainment 2006: "Transmedia Properties"

    16/11/2006 Duración: 02h13min

    Transmedia Properties was the third session of the conference. The panelists featured in this recording are Paul Levitz, president and publisher of DC Comics; Michael Lebowitz, co-founder and CEO of Big Spaceship; and Alex Chisholm, ounder of [ICE]3 Studios. The moderator was Henry Jenkins.

  • Futures of Entertainment 2006: "Viscerality and Web 2.0"

    16/11/2006 Duración: 29min

    Opening presentation for the second day, Viscerality and Web 2.0, given by Joshua Green, Research Manager for the Convergence Culture Consortium.

  • Futures of Entertainment 2006: "Not the Real World Anymore"

    16/11/2006 Duración: 02h16min

    Panelists: John Lester, Ron Meiners, Todd Cunningham Virtual spaces are more than sites for emulating the real world. They are becoming platforms for thought experiments -- some of which involve fantasies we would not like to enact in the real world, others involve possibilities that we may want to test market before putting into practice. Much more than simulacra of Real Life or a 3D version of text-based Internet communities, online worlds represent new sites for considering questions of community and connectivity. Marked by user- creativity, online worlds balance, sometimes precariously, the rights of users with the rights of sponsoring organizations. As we move closer to the cyberpunk vision of a wholly parallel 'metaverse', questions of power, community, and property are coming to the fore.

  • Joe Haldeman, "The Craft of Science Fiction"

    15/11/2006 Duración: 01h25min

    The latest MIT Communications Forum, The Craft of Science Fiction, featured Joe Haldeman, four-time Nebula Award winner and author of The Forever War, his forthcoming novel The Accidental Time Machine and many other books. This forum was moderated by CMS Director Henry Jenkins.

  • Timothy Stoneman, "Media Evangelism in the Global South"

    01/11/2006 Duración: 01h47min

    Timothy Stoneman, National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow in the Science, Technology, and Society Program at MIT, discusses his research on missionary and evangelical radio in America from an historical perspective.

  • New Media and Art

    25/10/2006 Duración: 02h02min

    Featured speakers included Lauren Cornell, director of; Jon Ippolito, media artist, curator, author; and our own Beth Coleman, Assistant Professor of Comparative Media Studies and of Writing and Humanistic Studies, co-founder of the SoundLab Cultural Alchemy project.

  • Scott Donaton, "Lost Control: Marketing in the Age of Consumer Empowerment"

    10/10/2006 Duración: 01h26min

    Scott Donaton, associate publisher and editorial director of the Ad Age Group and author of Madison & Vine talked about why user-empowerment is the key trend in business, and the ways marketers are adapting to it, including the rise of branded entertainment.

  • Why Newspapers Matter

    04/10/2006 Duración: 01h53min

    This is the third and final forum in the Will Newspapers Survive? series presented by the MIT Communications Forum. Why Newspapers Matter, features Jerome Armstrong of and; Pablo Boczkowski, associate professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Northwestern University; Dante Chinni from the Christian Science Monitor; and David Thorburn, professor of literature and director of the Communications Forum at MIT.

  • News, Information, and the Wealth of Networks

    20/09/2006 Duración: 02h01min

    This entry in the MIT Communications Forum series, Will Newspapers Survive?, hosted Yochai Benkler, author of The Wealth of Networks: How Social Production Transforms Markets and Freedom, and included our directors, Henry Jenkins and William Uricchio. The next entry in this series, Why Newspapers Matter will be held October 5, 2006 from 5-7 PM at Bartos Theater, and like all of our events is open to the public. Check our website regularly for more upcoming events.

  • The Emergence of Citizens' Media

    18/09/2006 Duración: 01h53min

    This is the first forum in the Will Newspapers Survive? series presented by the MIT Communications Forums. The Emergence of Citizens' Media features Alex Beam of the Boston Globe, Ellen Foley from the Wisconsin State Journal and Dan Gillmor, founder of the Center for Citizen Media.

  • Scott McCloud, "Making Comics"

    13/09/2006 Duración: 01h28min

    Scott McCloud, author of Understanding Comics (1993) and Reinventing Comics (2001) graced us with an excellent talk about his latest book, Making Comics, as a part of his Making Comics Fifty States tour, which he is also blogging.

  • Brenda Brathwaite, "Sex in Games"

    08/02/2006 Duración: 21min

    Brenda Brathwaite, "Sex in Games" by Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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