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Wednesday, April 15 • 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Culture/Conversations/Screens: Where and how are the issues of the day being discussed?

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Important cultural conversations—those discussions about social, economic, and political issues-have played out across a variety of screens since the middle of the 20th century. Major release films and television have, by turns through the years, played host to serious examination of significant cultural issues. The last twenty years have seen the television screen become the main arena to these cultural conversations through the proliferation of news shows, niche entertainment programming, and specialized cable channels. The recent developments in mobile distribution of content have changed the nature of these conversations. In this media ecology, where content is pulled by (rather than pushed at) the information consumer, is the marketplace of ideas as vigorous as it should be in an age where context and subtlety in communications are of increasing importance?

The panel will examine the changes in how cultural conversations are conducted. It will examine the historical, pedagogical, journalistic, and technological forces that shape the current state of how our media systems interact with media consumers in the creation of cultural conversations.
Moderator: Carol Schlagheck, Eastern Michigan University
Panelists: John Cooper, Eastern Michigan University
Keith Damron, Eastern Michigan University
Shanna Gilkeson, Eastern Michigan University;

Wednesday April 15, 2015 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Conference Room 4

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