The opening comments panel on the second day of our Futures of Entertainment 2 conference is now available for download in audio form.
This panel, available here, features a conversation among three academic speakers--C3 Consulting Resercher Jason Mittell of Middlebury College, Jonathan Gray of Fordham University, and Lee Harrington of Miami University, moderated by me.
The live-blogging from this panel is available here, and feedback from the blogosphere on the panel is available here.
Jonathan Gray is Assistant Professor of Communication and Media Studies at Fordham University. He is author of Watching with The Simpsons: Television, Parody, and Intertextuality (Routledge, 2006) and Television Entertainment (Routledge, 2008), as well as co-editor of Fandom: Identities and Communities in a Mediated World (NYU Press, 2007) and Battleground: The Media (Greenwood, 2008). He also co-edits the academic journal Popular Communication: The International Journal of Media and Culture, and is co-author of the new blog, The Extratextuals. Gray's current book project is about the various forms of hype, synergy, transmedia extensions, merchandising, fan productions, and so forth that surround and create film and television as we know them.
C. Lee Harrington is Professor of Sociology and Affiliate of the Women's Studies Program at Miami University. Her research interests include television studies, fan studies, and sociology of law. With Denise Bielby, she has co-authored Soap Fans: Pursuing Pleasure and Making Meaning in Everyday Life (1995) and co-edited Popular Culture: Production and Consumption (2001). With Jonathan Gray and Cornel Sandvoss, she has co-edited Fandom: Identities and Communities in a Mediated World (2007). Harrington's work appears in sociology, communications, and inter-disciplinary journal outlets. Her current research projects focus on issues of aging in soap opera and media framing of death row inmates who elect execution.
Jason Mittell is Assistant Professor of American Studies and Film & Media Culture at Middlebury College. He is the author of Genre and Television: From Cop Shows to Cartoons in American Culture (Routledge, 2004), and essays in a number of journals and anthologies. He is currently writing a textbook on television and American culture, and a book on narrative complexity in contemporary American television. He writes informally about television on his blog, Just TV.