Category Jessa Lingel

Media, techno-political action & social justice symposium: A partial reader

Along with some of my favorite Annenberg doc students and alums, I headed to Rutgers for a symposium called Media, Techno-political Action and Social Justice.  There were a lot of really terrific speakers there, presenting work on social movements, digital culture and media making. I found myself taking lots of notes during the talks, and […]

Media provocations: Notes from SummerCulture in Vancouver

This year’s SummerCulture is taking place in Vancouver, where we’ve been lucky to have a number of really fascinating conversations with activists, academics and journalists about media, both as an industry and a cultural form. Here are some shout outs for people doing work that I found mindblowingly inspiring for feminism, activism and social justice. We met Minelle […]

When old technologies were heavy

The closing scene of Touch of Evil is less famous than its extended, single-shot opening counterpart, but for people interested in ethics of surveillance, it is much more provocative. The movie (infamous both for its squirm-inducingly racist casting and its long editorial battle between the studio and director Orson Welles) closes with good cop Mike […]

John Jackson on Love as a Form of Politics

Last week, I watched John Jackson give a very moving talk as part of the Martin Luther King Jr. Signature Program at Penn, with Philadelphia’s only black-owned talk radio station, WURD, recording the talk. He began by reading from Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man, and for the record, I would pay good money to have an […]

Ruha Benjamin and Activist Approaches to STS

Sometimes you go to a talk just because the title is so great, which was the case with Ruha Benjamin’s recent presentation through Drexel’s Center for Science Technology & Society: Star Trek Meets the Black Panthers: Experimenting with Science and Technology Studies In and Outside the Academy. The talk was rooted in thinking about connections […]