Archive for March, 2009

USER GENERATED CONTENT 3.0, April 17 conference at CITI/Columbia

March 31, 2009

USER GENERATED CONTENT 3.0:
From Threat to Opportunity

April 17, 2009
9:00am – 5:00pm


CITI

Columbia University
New York, NY

The rapid increase of user-generated content on the Internet is a source of concern for traditional media firms. Will the YouTubes, Facebooks, Flickrs, Second Lifes and the HuffPos take away significant audience segments on a sustaining basis? What are the ramifications for intellectual property law, for the trust of news sources, for political polarization? Will reputational systems and wikis replace traditional institutional authorities? The symposium will review findings on current web user behavior and on evolving online business models to better understand the contours of these new economic and social realities– let’s call it Web 3.0.

Agenda

8:30                  REGISTRATION

9:00 – 9:15      SETTING THE STAGE

9:15 – 10:30    THE EVOLUTION OF USER GENERATED CONTENT

  • The Principal Exemplars So Far
    • Blogging
    • Wikis
    • Gaming/virtual worlds
    • Social networking
    • Reputational systems
    • Forums/Newsgroups
    • Other
  • Governance Practices
  • Business Models So Far
    • Advertising
    • Direct marketing
    • Fees, voluntary contributions and micro payments
    • Non-profit and volunteer models
    • Other

10:30 – 10:45   COFFEE BREAK

10:45 – 12:00   UNDERSTANDING EVOLVING ONLINE BEHAVIOR

  • Who writes?
  • Who reads?
  • Word of mouth in the online world
  • How long do they stay with it?
  • How do these patterns vary with age, education and online experience?

12:00 – 1:30    LUNCH & KEYNOTE

1:30 – 3:00      SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS MODELS AND LONG TAILS

  • The economics of low barriers to entry
  • Long tails and the persisting economies of scale
  • Capital investment dynamics: valuations and venture capitalists
  • First mover advantage models
  • The transition from voluntarism to commercial ventures
  • Better than free
  • The future of journalism
  • The future of the performing arts
  • The future of marketing and public relations

3:00 – 3:15     BREAK

3:15 – 4:30     LEGAL, SOCIAL & POLITICAL IMPLICATIONS

  • Copyright law and evolving public behavior
  • Political and social polarization
  • Censorship
  • Trust and accuracy in the evolving public sphere
  • Liability issues

4:30 – 5:00    CONCLUDING DISCUSSION

Registration

To register, please visit http://www.ersvp.com/r/ugc3. Corporate registration is $100; Government/Academic/Non-Profit registration is $50, and Student Registration is $35. CITI Affiliates, please contact Arian Rivera (arr2137@columbia.edu).

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Bernard Stiegler | New French Philosophy and Media Theory, at NYU, april 2

March 31, 2009

Talk: Bernard Stiegler | New French Philosophy and Media Theory
Philosopher; director of cultural development, Centre Georges-Pompidou; author of La Techique et le temps; De la misère symbolique; Mécréance et discrédit; Prendre soin. Respondents:  Avital Ronell, Professor of German, English, and Comparative Literature, NYU; Alexander Galloway, Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication, NYU; Moderator: Emily Apter, Professor of French, English, and Comparative Literature, NYU

Thursday, April 02
7:00 PM
8:30 PM
NYU Maison Française (16 Washington Mews)

Blowing Up The Brand: Critical Perspectives on Promotional Culture, conference, May 8-9 at NYU

March 31, 2009

This looks great

CONFERENCE
Blowing Up The Brand: Critical Perspectives on Promotional Culture

WHEN: 8-9 May 2009

WHERE: New York University – Institute for Public Knowledge – http://www.nyu.edu/ipk/

WEBSITE: http://www.nyu.edu/ipk/brand/

Keynote Address by Rob Walker, New York Times “Consumed” Columnist

Invited Panelists
Paula Chakravartty, UMass Amherst
John Corner, University of Leeds
Arlene Davila, New York University
Mary Ebeling, Drexel University
Jonathan Gray, Fordham University
Miriam Greenberg, UC Santa Cruz
Graham Knight, McMaster University
Celia Lury, Goldsmiths, University of London
Jeff Pooley, Muhlenberg College
Marita Sturken, New York University

Description
Creative cities, PR nations, celebrity diplomacy, Hype Machine, branded philanthropy, YouTube identities…. These are both symptoms and effects of what Andrew Wernick termed “promotional culture”: the extension of promotional discourses, practices and performances into virtually all areas of public life.

What is at stake in these contemporary promotional paradigms? The interpenetration of public and private interests, techniques and expertise creates new anxieties and demands new forms of analysis. The goal of this two-day conference is to develop a set of productive critical perspectives on promotion in relation to contemporary culture. We seek to assemble creative and interdisciplinary frameworks to identify common themes and disjunctures inherent to these forms of communication. At issue is the changing role of the consumer-citizen-user in contemporary life.

For complete schedule, or to RSVP, visit: http://www.nyu.edu/ipk/brand/

For more information, contact conference co-organizers Melissa Aronczyk and Devon Powers at blowingupthebrand@gmail.com

Activism and New Media, at Rutgers, April 1

March 30, 2009

This Wednesday afternoon at Rutgers, the Center for Cultural Analysis will host an “Activism and New Media” conference. For anyone unable to make it out to NJ, we’re trying a new simulcasting system for this event. See the attached files for details, and e-mail Curtis Dunn (curtis.dunn@rutgers.ed) with any questions or technical issues.

ACTIVISM AND NEW MEDIA APRIL 1st at the TLH!!! SIMULCAST ON QUICKTIME!!! Greetings New Media fans! Just a reminder not to miss our conference on Activism this Wednesday – but if you cannot make the conference, we will be simulcasting it using QuickTime! To view the simulcast, use the file attached below. You will be able to see the event live, in real time (this is not a podcast). Please note that you must have QuickTime installed on your computer before activating this link. Best, Curtis Simulcast file: Curtis Scott Dunn Administrator Center for Cultural Analysis Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey 8 Bishop Place New Brunswick, NJ 08901-8530 Phone: 732-932-8426 Fax: 732-932-8683 Email: curtis.dunn@rutgers.edu Web site: http://cca.rutgers.edu

Andrew W. Mellon Seminars at CUNY

March 6, 2009

Andrew W. Mellon Seminars in the Humanities at The Center for the Humanities

presents:

Conversations in the Humanities

The Sacred

and The Secular

Spring 2009

Is Equality Secular?

WENDY BROWN

& JOAN WALLACH SCOTT

in Conversation

March 6th 2009, Friday

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

The Skylight Room (9100)

Two pioneering political and cultural theorists discuss the historic
tensions between western secularism

and gender equality. Wendy Brown is Professor of Political Science at the
University of California – Berkeley.

Joan Wallach Scott is Professor of Social Science at the Institute for
Advanced Study. Moderated by Anthony Alessandrini,

Assistant Professor of English at Kingsborough Community College, CUNY.

Power & Religion: Christian

Thought and American Politics

RANDAL BALMER, DOUGLAS KMIEC,

JOHN TORPEY

March 16th 2009, Monday

7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Martin E. Segal Theatre

Join two prominent scholars of American civic life for a discussion about
the past and continuing influence of

religious thought on American politics. Featuring Randal Balmer, Professor
of Religious History at Columbia University,

and Douglas Kmiec, Professor of Constitutional Law at Pepperdine
University. John Torpey, Professor of Sociology

at the Graduate Center, will moderate.

Co-presented as part of the Great Issues Forum. For more information,
please visit www.greatissuesforum.org <http://www.greatissuesforum.org/>

What is Faith Today?

BRYAN TURNER & PHILIP GORSKI

in Conversation

March 26th 2009, Thursday

6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

The Skylight Room (9100)

Two leading social scientific analysts of global religion discuss the
nature of religious faith today and

the prospects for better understanding of the ever-elusive problem of
religious faith in modern society. Bryan Turner

is Director of  the Centre for the Study of Contemporary Muslim Societies
at the University of Western Sydney.

Philip Gorski is a Professor of Sociology at Yale University. Moderated by
John Torpey, Professor of Sociology at

The Graduate Center, CUNY.

Is This a Secular Age?

BILL CONNOLLY,

SIMON CRITCHLEY &

HENT DE VRIES in Conversation

April 9th 2009, Thursday

6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Elebash Recital Hall

Do we live in a secular age? What does it mean to say that we do? Join
Bill Connolly, Professor of Political

Science at Johns Hopkins University, Simon Critchley, Professor of
Philosophy at the New School University, and

Hent de Vries, Professor of Philosophy at Johns Hopkins University, as
they discuss these and other questions.

Moderated by Jill Stauffer, Resident Mellon Fellow at the Center for the
Humanities.

Does the State

Rely on Sacred Violence?

PAUL KAHN & AUSTIN SARAT

in Conversation

May 11th 2009, Monday

7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

The Skylight Room (9100)

Join two legal and political theorists as they examine religious threads
running through modern secular

philosophy, political theory, and the state itself. Paul Kahn is Director,
Orville H. Schell, Jr. Center for

International Human Rights, Yale University. Austin Sarat is William
Nelson Cromwell Professor of

Jurisprudence and Political Science, Amherst College. Moderated by Jill
Stauffer, Resident Mellon Fellow

at the Center for the Humanities.

All events take place at

The Graduate Center, CUNY

365 Fifth Avenue

(between 34th and 35th St)

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

NO RESERVATIONS.

For more information,

please call 212.817.2005

www.centerforthehumanitiesgc.org <http://www.centerforthehumanitiesgc.org/>