Media in Transition 5: Creativity, Ownership and Collaboration in the Digital Age

This weekend, the Comparative Media Studies Program will play host to several hundred researchers, activists, and artists from around the world who will be attending the fifth of our Media in Transition conferences. The core theme of the conference centers around issues of Creativity, Ownership and Collaboration in the Digital Age, though our goal is to discuss the present moment in relation to the larger history of media change. I haven’t publicized the event here because the number of participants has reached such a level that there are very few seats left for people who simply want to attend.

For those of you who are in the Boston area, it may make sense to drop by for one or another event since there is no fee to attend and since we often have some seats left.

For those of you who are not in the Boston area, have no fear. You will have two opportunities to take advantage of the event programing. First, we will be streaming the plenary events via Second Life. And Second, we will, as with all of our events, be offering webcasts which will be announced here once they are available.

How to Access MIT5 on Second Life

To view from New Media Consortium Campus:

You must first join the NMC to view from here. It’s free and simple. Go to the following address: and give them your SL Avatar name, your real name, a valid email address, and for affiliation, mark as ‘MIT’.

The SLURL for the NMC Campus is here:

We’ll be at the Gonick Amphitheatre which can be seen the campus map here: and within the Welcome area in SL.

For more info about the NMC Campus in Second Life, go here:


  1. A small group of people are using Twitter to follow the event:,, Anyone else? Add your name here ;-)

  2. An interview with you on partecipatory culture and MIT5 on

  3. Christopher Lam says:

    Hello Dr. Jenkins. I am an undergraduate student at the University of British Columbia, currently majoring in Geography and minoring in Anthropology. I just wanted to post a “Thank you so much!” to you and your wonderful AV crew for setting up the live webcasts of the plenary sessions from the NMC campus on Second Life, and for ironing out the bumps (big and small) that inevitably come with the use of technology. It was a real privilege to be able to transcend geographical barriers and watch the proceedings as they unfolded, and to sit virtually among the avatars of MIT students/staff.

    I’d also like to thank you for making it easy enough for even a total Second Life newbie like me to navigate safely to the virtual campus! =)