Since 2006, Henry Jenkins's Confessions of an Aca-Fan blog has hosted interviews in which academics, activists, and artists have shared their views on the changing media landscape. For the first time, Jenkins – often called “the Marshall McLuhan for the twenty-first century” – compiles some of these interviews to highlight his recurring interests in popular culture and social change.
Structured around three core concepts – culture, learning, politics – and designed as a companion to Participatory Culture in a Networked Era, this book broadens the conversation to incorporate diverse thinkers such as David Gauntlett, Ethan Zuckerman, Sonia Livingstone, S. Craig Watkins, James Paul Gee, Antero Garcia, Stephen Duncombe, Cathy J. Cohen, Lina Srivastava, Jonathan McIntosh, and William Uricchio. With an introduction from Jenkins and reflections from each interviewee, this volume speaks to a sense of crisis as contemporary culture has failed to fully achieve the democratic potentials once anticipated as a consequence of the participatory turn.
This book is ideal for students and scholars of digital media, popular culture, education, and politics, as well as general readers with an interest in the topic.
Part I: Participatory Culture
2 How Slapshot Inspired a Cultural Revolution: The Wu Ming Foundation (2006)
3 Studying Creativity in the Age of Web 2.0: David Gauntlett (2011)
4 Digital Cosmopolitans: Ethan Zuckerman (2014)
Part II: Participatory Learning
6 “Hanging Out, Messing Around, Geeking Out”: The Digital Youth Project (2008)
7 Risks, Rights, and Responsibilities in the Digital Age: Sonia Livingstone (2009)
8 Is Facebook a Gated Community?: S. Craig Watkins (2009)
9 How Learners Can Be on Top of Their Game: James Paul Gee (2011)
10 Teens, Teachers and Mobile Tech: Antero Garcia (2017)
Part III: Participatory Politics
12 Manufacturing Dissent: Stephen Duncombe (2007)
13 The Political Lives of Black Youth: Cathy Cohen (2011)
14 Transmedia Activism: Lina Srivastava (2016)
15 Remixing Gender Through Popular Media: Jonathan McIntosh (2017)
16 Charting Documentary’s Futures: William Uricchio (2016)