FlowTV is a critical forum on television and media culture published biweekly by the Department of Radio, Television, and Film at the University of Texas at Austin.

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Participatory Political Cultures (Panel #15)

Panel Columnist: Douglas Kellner (University of California, Los Angeles)
Participants: Mobina Hashmi (Brooklyn College), John Turner (Goucher College), Chuck Tryon (Fayetteville State University), Jonathan Nichols-Pethick (DePaul University), Kelly Kessler (Queens College-CUNY)
Moderator: Katherine Haenschen (University of Texas at Austin)

Question: What are the political implications of a televisual landscape increasingly characterized by niche programming, specialized audiences, dispersed political cultures, and participatory media technologies? As scholars increasingly critique the possibility (or desirability) that network television might speak to and for a unified collective culture, various subcultures are appropriating new representational forms and participatory technologies to develop new ways of being political in and around television. This panel defines politics broadly. It seeks to explore a range of cultures—from the marginal to the dominant—that vary widely in their political orientation, preferred modes of representation and participation, and in their relationships to television as a cultural forum.


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

This was an exciting roundtable, as the panelists and audience engaged in a dynamic conversation about the nature of participation, and what scholars needed to do to give a broader representation of cultural practices in the classroom.

While we may never have moved past our first question, "what does it mean to participate," it was obvious to everyone in the room that there are clearly plenty of active, engaged folks working to increase this participation, whatever it is.

--Katherine Haenschen, moderator

11:00 PM


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