REFRESHMENTS | February 14, 2019 | 3:30 p.m.
PRESENTATION | February 14, 2019 | 4–6 p.m.
This talk is intended to address the increasing blurring of categories between popular culture and political communication. Some fear we are “amusing ourselves to death,” but I take a different perspective. Our shared literacy in popular culture provides resources we can use to foster the civic imagination and communicate our visions of a better world to each other via networked communication. More and more young people are turning to popular culture for the myths and metaphors with which to communicate their ﬁghts for social justice and political participation. And at the same time, Donald Trump has gained power in part by his own ability to speak the languages of popular culture. What kinds of media literacies do we need to navigate this increasing complex set of borrowings and remixing of mass media content?
Henry Jenkins is the Provost Professor of Communication, Journalism, Cinematic Arts and Education at the University of Southern California. He arrived at USC in Fall 2009 after spending more than a decade as the Director of the MIT Comparative Media Studies Program and the Peter de Florez Professor of Humanities. He is the author and/or editor of seventeen books on various aspects of media and popular culture.