Closing Keynote, 2008 NMC Summer Conference, Princeton University
Henry Jenkins, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
New media technologies make it easy for us to circulate, appropriate, transform, and recirculate media content on an unprecedented scale. It is part of the mythology of MIT that young people learn to become engineers by taking apart household gadgets and putting them back together again. Can we say the same thing about contemporary artists and humanists — that they learn by breaking down and remixing elements of their own culture? We falsify the creative process when we teach young people that great art comes from single and isolated intellects rather than emerging from the creative engagement with and appropriation from older cultural traditions.
This interview with Henry Jenkins (MIT), a member of advisory board for the MacArthur Foundation Series on Digital Learning, took place at the September 2006 Authors/Editors meeting in Newark, New Jersey, where we asked participants to share their own experiences with digital media and their thoughts on the MacArthur Foundation Digital Media and Learning Project.