Carnegie Mellon University

Center for the Arts in Society

Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences and College of Fine Arts

April 05, 2010

New Media

Theory, Practice, Power

New Media

A panel discussion with media scholars Alexandra Juhasz (Pitzer College, Media Studies) "To Teach, Write, and Learn on YouTube: Publishing Theory and Practice On-Line," and Noah Wardrip-Fruin (University of California, Santa Cruz, Computer Science): “Games About People”

Monday, April 5; 4:30 PM, Breed Hall (Margaret Morrison 103)

The advent of digitally-mediated and networked technologies allowing user representation has led to the emergence of a variety of forms of communication. From social networking sites, to interactive simulations and games, these “new media” have done more than question traditional understandings of the private and public domains and of the boundaries between truth and fabrication. Fostering fundamental changes in the workings of social systems, strategies of surveillance, control, protest and mobilization, they even question our understanding of narrative and of the self. Media scholars Alexandra Juhasz and Noah Wardrip-Fruin explore the social and political implications of such media as video sharing on YouTube and life simulation in The Sims. They investigate the possibilities of these new forms as an arena of engagement for scholars, artists, scientists and activists.

Co-sponsored by the Center for the Arts in Society and The Fine Foundation.