We are pleased to share with you the programme for the forthcoming “Work of Storytelling” symposium hosted by the Transforming Creativity Research Group and MA Global Media Management.
This symposium explores the working practices and dynamics that shape contemporary storytelling. In an age when lives are increasingly branded, gamified, and narrativized, how do our stories get created and communicated? What are the challenges of meaning-making across media? Focusing on digital media transformations, this symposium encourages discussions that interrogate the “work” (rather than the “art”) of storytelling.
This seminar series brings together researchers from the UK and USA for two events at Highfield (7th February) and Winchester School of Art (16th April) to explore transformations, debates, and tensions associated with digital labour. The first seminar focused on the home-work conflicts of digital labour for those endeavouring to make a living on digital platforms. The second seminar focuses on social media careers and fashion blogging. This series is convened by Dr Dan Ashton (Transforming Creativity/Winchester School of Art) and Dr Rebecca Taylor (Work Futures/Sociology) with support from the Web Sciences Institute.
Seminar 2: Negotiating professional/amateur boundaries in the digital economy
Brooke Erin Duffy
‘Digital Dream Jobs: The Promises and Perils of a Social Media Career’
Against the backdrop of profound transformations in the technologies, economies, and politics of creative labor, enterprising young people are flocking to social media with aspirations of capitalizing on their passion projects. To these digitally networked content creators, fashion blogs, YouTube, and Instagram represent prospective paths to lucrative and rewarding careers. But to what extent do their investments pay off? In this talk, I draw upon dozens of in-depth interviews to highlight both the promises and perils of a social media-enabled career.
‘Fashion Blogging as Invented Labour’
In this talk, drawing on a series of semi-structured interviews I have been conducting with a broad range of UK-based fashion bloggers since 2013, I interrogate the strategies they have developed to invent and legitimate their practice. I engage with the work of Michel Foucault and Pierre Bourdieu to look at the idea of the discursive construction of fashion blogging as well as at the rules and techniques that have emerged to regulate it. In particular, I comment on the journalists vs bloggers debate; on the idea of authenticity; and on the issue of monetization.
On Wednesday 14th June MA Global Media Management hosted its third annual symposium. This year’s theme, connecting to our earlier study visit and guest lecture, was on data visualisation. Three speakers presented their research and the concluded with a roundtable discussion:
- Dr Anna Feigenbaum (Bournemouth): Scraping, Sorting and Storytelling: Dealing with Data in Social Justice Research
- Cath Sleeman (Nesta): Data visualisation in practice
- Cristian Hernández (data scientist): From Open to Public Data: a Citizen Data Science Approach (presentation available here)
There was also a selection of student work from the MA Communication Design programme’s 2016 “Data Physicalisation” exhibition. The project asked students to collect data on the topic of E-Waste and to represent that data in physical form. The brief provides further information and there is an overview of images from the exhibition.
Here are some of the tweets and pictures from the day:
On Tuesday 13th December, the 2015-16 cohort of GMM students attended their graduation ceremony at Highfield Campus. It was great to share the day and celebrate with students and their families and friends.
Thanks to all those who cam along to Xmas Quiz and congratulations to the winner!
On Wednesday 7th December, GMM students gathered in London for a study visit to the Science Museum. The main focus for the visit was the Information Age gallery and the Our Lives in Data exhibition.
On Tuesday GMM was very pleased to welcomed Ganale Langlois and Greg Elmer for the AMT seminar, ‘Social Network Platforms and Digital Existence’. Abstracts here.