At Comparative Media Studies, we engage professionals and other scholars in conversations and project work that benefits industry, education, and government while demonstrating the value of applied humanism. Our programming division, the Communications Forum, plays a unique role at MIT and beyond as the host of important conversations about all aspects of communications, with special emphasis on emerging technologies. It has been running for more than 20 years and leading academics, journalists, political figures, and corporate managers have appeared at its conferences and panels.

As one of four key projects within CMS, C3 forms part of a dynamic network of research activity within MIT. C3's sister projects include the Education Arcade, New Media Literacies, the Singapore-MIT GAMBIT Game Lab and Metamedia. In addition, C3 draws on the faculty and resources of MIT departments and programs such as Foreign Languages and Literatures, Anthropology, Science Technology and Society, Women's Studies, Writing, and Theater. We also work with researchers from MIT's world-renowned Media Laboratory.

In addition to work with partners within the consortium, C3 has collaborated and conducted research closely with:

  • Microsoft
  • Electronic Arts
  • Leapfrog Enterprises
  • Sony Imageworks
  • The Royal Shakespeare Company
  • The Entertainment Software Association
  • The World Economic Forum
  • The American Theatre Wing

In each case, we sought to show how new models of media production, circulation, and consumption are altering the way businesses operate. Through a partnership with Initiative Media, we have examined the ways consumer behavior is shifting in response to the opportunities of the new media environment, developing a qualitative and quantitative study of audience engagement with reality programs such as Survivor and American Idol.