Unboxing the Medium

Unboxing the Medium

This panel is all about boundaries, where they are, how the are being pushed and how do these shifts affect us as consumers, creators and scholars. What do you think about these changes? What questions should we address in this session? Go to the comments section to give us your suggestions and vote up your favorites! (BTW, you can log right in with your Twitter account)

Unboxing the Medium

Saturday, November 21 – E51-235

What counts as “radio” when it comes via podcast rather than over the air? How do we create “television” as the limitations of spectrum scarcity slip away and content is delivered online? Media is determined by conventions that emerge from both technological constraints and cultural practices – the technologies of content delivery shape the industrial and the creative modes that define something like “television.” In a world of convergence, the basis for many of the conventions that define media are in flux. How can we come to understand and redefine the industrial, consumption and creative practices of media as convergence works to erode some of the distinctions between them? How is radio affected once it moves from the Hertzian waves to the podcast? What happens to the comic once it moves from the page to a Playstation? How are audiences responding to and shaping these shifts? And how are business models adapting to these changes?

Moderator: Joshua Green – Research Manager, Convergence Culture Consortium

Panelists: Dan Goldman – Illustrator of Shooting War (Grand Central Publishing [US] and Weidenfeld & Nicolson [UK]); Jennifer Holt – UC Santa Barbara, co-editor of Media Industries (Wiley-Blackwell); Brian Larkin – Milbank Barnard College; Avner Ronen – CEO & Co-founder, Boxee

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  1. Unboxed (pop) culture and unboxed media disadvantage innovation in our society — in the mind of Duran Duran bassist John Taylor:

    Are any of his observations relevant? Does increased freedom, easier access, and more constant contact damage culture?

  2. you're getting hung up on semantics and not focusing on the end result.- radio, TV, even "film" are all becoming obsolete terms. It's all digital soup now and consumers want it anytime, anywhere, anyway – and programmers/advertisers are going to have to learn how to price and package according to what the consumer pulls out of the grab bag. This gen and all subsequent ones are completely unthethered from "fixed" media (thanks Boxee et al), the reality is that content owners and advertisers have to figure out how to back in to a model

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