Futures of Entertainment 3

MIT Media Lab, Bartos Theater 20 Ames Street, Cambridge, MA

This year's conference will work to bring together the themes from last year -- media spreadability, audiences and value, social media, distribution -- with the Consortium's new projects as we move towards an increasingly global understanding of media convergence and content flows.

(Face)book of the Dead

MIT Building 2, Room 105 182 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA

In the Age of Always Connect, are we witnessing a plague of oversharing? Are social networks its vectors of transmission? Is this the "Death of Shame"?

Artist-Audience Relations in the Age of Social Media

MIT Building 4, Room 231 Cambridge, MA

Nancy Baym asks, "How does direct access to fans change what it means to be an artist? What rewards are there that weren't before?"

Ecological Criticism in the Age of the Database

MIT Building 56, Room 114 Access via 21 Ames Street, Cambridge, MA

Sean Cubitt asserts the value of anecdotal evidence against the rise of statistics, but at the same time wants to confront the difficulties in bringing about an encounter between readers (human or otherwise) and the mass image constructed by social media and search giants.

Stuart Cunningham and David Craig: “Social Media Entertainment”

MIT Building 4, Room 270 182 Memorial Drive (Rear), Cambridge, MA

Media scholars Stuart Cunningham and David Craig propose challenging, revisionist accounts of the political economy of digital media, the precarious status of creative labor and media management, and the possibilities of progressive cultural politics in commercializing environments.

Desmond Upton Patton, “Contextual Analysis of Social Media: The Promise and Challenge of Eliciting Context in Social Media Posts with Natural Language Processing”

MIT Building E15, Room 318 (Common Area) 20 Ames Street, Cambridge, MA

Desmond Upton Patton introduces a critical systematic approach for extracting culture, context and nuance in social media data. The Contextual Analysis of Social Media (CASM) approach considers and critiques the gap between inadequacies in natural language processing tools and differences in geographic, cultural, and age-related variance of social media use and communication.

Civic Media Insights: Jabari Evans, “The Anatomy of Digital Clout(chasing): Examining Social Media Visibility, Relational Labor and Empowerment Strategies of Black Youth in Chicago’s Drill Rap Scene”

Jabari Evans explores the content and character of Drill rap artists' work on social media toward acquiring “clout”- a digital form of influence rooted in Hip-Hop that allows marginalized youth to leverage digital tools in building social status.