Tristan Pope, "Not Just Another Love Story"

Film Studies 203A

The Consumer as Creator in Contemporary Media

Spring 2006

Instructor: Henry Lowood Office: M 9.30-11; W 2.30-4, Green Library 321C 

Tues, 9.30am-noon

Cummings Art Building, Art 103


The Consumer as Creator in Contemporary Media—Readings, discussion, and examples of practice illustrating the increasing role of the traditional consumer of media as a creator of media content. Discussion of cultural and social contexts, including virtual communities, fan culture, notions of “collective intelligence,” “textual poaching,” “art worlds,” the open source movement, etc. Examples from practice to include remixing, sampling, mash-ups, filk music, “found movies” (using stock and television footage), game modding, machinima, etc. Limited to 15 students. 4 units.

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April 4 Art worlds: consumers, communities, personnel  
April 11 Transgression/Appropriation /Resistance  
April 18 The cultural economy of fandom
April 25 Mods, Open Source, Co-creation, with Cory Ondrejka, from Linden Lab, the developers of Second Life.  
May 2 Music/business & law: Remixing, mash-ups and sampling  
May 9 Video/culture: Fan videos; “Lost & Found” film; StockStock  
May 16 Games/technology: Replay culture & machinima  
May 23 Quickfire paper ideas -- critiques and advice  
May 30 Paper presentations  
June 7 Paper presentations + concluding theme, "Convergence," with Graham Leggat, SF Film Society --> TO DO FOR THIS CLASS MEETING

Papers due June 15.