Participatory Culture

  • “Let’s Just Stay Home – Part III” -

    Back in the late 70’s, Stephen King, not exactly an esoteric writer, allowed that comic book heroes could be acceptable paradigms for adolescents, but watch out if those same comic books became the primary source of entertainment for grown men and women.

  • “Let’s Just Stay Home …” -

    “A son says to his mother, on the other side of the earth:  ‘I want you to come and see me.’ Vashti watched his face in the blue plate. ‘But I can see you!’ she exclaimed. ‘What more do you want?’ (E.M.Forster)

  • Gunpowder & Sky -

    “The defiant love child of YouTube, Netflix and other digital content networks, fueled by the subversive and creative spirit of misfits working out of their garages.” (Van Toffler)

  • FOMO & the Future of the Creative -

    There’s an unsettling sense that the art of the 21st century may be an instant-coffee mix of spontaneity–jangled thoughts and feelings with amorphous shapes and almost no fine-motor skills. Is this the aesthetic that we want to bequeath to our children?

  • Web Celebs and their Superfans -

    Do the names PewDiePie, Smosh, or Jenna Marbles ring a bell? f you’re not well under twenty-five, chances are you’ll be surprised to learn that these are some of the top YouTube superstars starting to give Hollywood a run for its money.

  • Chris Milk, VRSE, & VR Films With Heart -

    “With virtual reality, I’m not interested in the novelty factor,” says … Milk. “I’m interested in the foundations for a medium that could be more powerful than cinema, than theatre, than literature … (from Stuart Dredge, The Guardian)