My video was about Henry Jenkins who is “officially” the Provost’s Professor of Communication, Journalism, and Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California. He likes to refer to himself as a Professor of Miscellaneous Studies.
His work focuses on the roles in which media plays in the daily lives of people. What he highlights in this video clip, representative of some of his work, is the notion of “participatory culture”. He has written books like Textual Poachers: Television Fans and Participatory Culture; Convergence Culture: Where Old and New Media Collide; and the forthcoming Spreadable Media: Creating Value and Meaning in a Networked Culture (with Sam Ford and Joshua Green), and runs conferences such as Transmedia Hollywood and Futures of Entertainment.
“The culture in Rio was a place that was informal, chaotic yet deeply social” – This as linked to education, which can be so formal and possibly rigid at times, seems to embrace chaos as a positive force in socializing and communication. Additionally, he discusses what he says are “lecture police for not participating”, all of which serve as “a model for education”.
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