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More notes from a very interesting session of Flow.

session 3: watching television off-television

will brooker: watching television on download; removing program from television flow and moving it into larger flow (“overflow”); window among other windows; trans-media storytelling

jason mittell: the economics of attention: notion of the ‘attention economy’ is misnamed, as it’s not a zero sum game–must track the flow of our attention; because of YouTube, etc., our attention doesn’t have to follow the schedule; complex interactions of Lost ARG (which “solved” certain mysteries) and the series (which isn’t treating those mysteries as solved)

daniel chamberlain: rise in importance of interfaces: tivo, ipod, youtube, etc.

henry jenkins: can we build audience activism in order to enable producers to make shows directly for the public, rather than for the networks–subscription-based model for cult/fan shows; fans might be able to become “associates” of the show, earning a small amount for their advocacy in building the audience

jonathan gray: class divisions inherent in some of these technologies and abilities to watch television off-television; will this create a new kind of digital divide?

joel greenberg: differences in tv use among actual viewers (compares watching a season at a time on dvd to reading a novel); participation; what it means when we’re not all watching the same thing

derek johnson: how tv’s connection to other media restructures spatial relations of media consumption; content connectivity–janet murray and hyperseriality; new modes invite audiences into sphere of production; hyperdiegesis–sense that television is a space that can be inhabited; ways that videogames allow players to navigate the spaces of television series; analog variants also–toys, print

unsatisfying nature of some of the overflow texts for fans of the television series that they arise from–Lost ARG players were unhappy with the game because it wasn’t much of a game, and they wanted to play!

tara mcpherson: isn’t it interesting that we find ourselves always bifurcating the conversations about the digital and the conversations about race and gender; programming logics and digital structures facilitate those divides; large question about the politics of new media studies–what does it mean that these technologies allow us to separate out our interest in the electronic from our concerns about politics?

henry jenkins: fan cultures as bootstrapping operation helping other women find their ways into new technologies via community; pew study of internet and american life looking at youth and media making–didn’t come up with gendered findings

very interesting conversation about the relationships among politics and technology usage

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