Leaving on a Jet Plane…

…Never Coming Back Again.

Well, not quite. Right now, I am in the midst of my big move from Boston to Los Angeles. As you are reading this, my house is being over-run by movers who are packing up all of my best loved things — my comics collection, my big screen tv, my books, my DVD library, and all of the other things which make for a well lived life — and are loading them onto a truck. On July 1, my wife and I will get on an airplane and fly out to the west coast to begin our new life there. We’ve found a cool new loft in downtown Los Angeles in a classic art deco building and are ready for a total change in orientation and life style. Everyone who used to be far away will now be close.

By September, I will be fully immersed in my new position as Provost’s Professor of Communications, Journalism, and Cinematic Art. I will be teaching two classes, a graduate course on New Media Literacies and an undergraduate class on Transmedia Storytelling and Entertainment. I will be flying back and forth for the next year to make sure my current students at MIT are able to complete their thesis and to finish off some of the research projects we have been running through the Comparative Media Studies Program.

I’ve done my best to keep the blog entries flowing through this past year of dramatic transitions. I am going to take a few weeks now to focus on the move but expect to be back before July is over. I’ve got lots of interesting interviews, a backlog of ideas to spell out, and some other big plans for the blog in the months ahead. So don’t go away. I just need some time to make my big move.

MIT 1989-2009 IHTFP


  1. I’m sorry we never got a chance to get together before your move. I’m glad for the Internet, though, as I’ll be able to keep reading your posts right here…

  2. msmichellelewis.wordpress.com says:

    Prof Jenkins – I love your writing and would really love to meet you once you are settled out in Los Angeles, if you have any free time!

  3. Enjoy living downtown! Kudos for choosing the more “interesting” way to experience Los Angeles. I live in a loft in the historic core, and I love the newly opened selection of restaurants, cafes, and businesses in the area. Los Angeles is a city that invites exploration.

  4. Mark Kelsey says:

    Henry, we never have to have a proper good-bye, you were so busy at MiT6, which was very good. So again, best wishes to you and your wife on your new venture and new life in LA. As I mentioned before, we will miss your support and partnerships for academics at other local schools like Harvard and in K-12 education here in Cambridge.

    As you are living in such a historic neighborhood, might I suggest some interesting information about ‘the real’ historical LA?

    All of these are part of the work of the LA Time’s Larry Harnisch, columnist on Los Angeles history. First the 1947 project, which is, at http://www.1947project.com/. And their equally amazing follow-up sites: The Bunker Hill project (a lost downtown neighborhood much like Boston’s West End) at http://www.onbunkerhill.org/. Their new one is about lost lore of LA’s historic core athttp://www.insroland.org/. These are not only fascinating invocations of Raymond Chandler and LA noir, but also examples of the use of the web to recall and refocus those of us in the present upon the flickering past.

    I think you will find California’s history fascinating, as well as perverse. So if you haven’t yet, please read the classic “Material Dreams – Southern California Through the 1920s” by Kevin Starr. And, of course, that inspiration for “Chinatown,” “Southern California, An Island on the Land.” They both add a lot of context to understanding LA and Southern Cali.


  5. Good luck with your move to the sun, Professor!

    I have been introduced to you by Wikipedia on my research path into mobile engagement marketing. I have a website dedicated to convergent media http://www.riverphonic.com where I have started a collaborative study into evolving ad forms, motivated by desire to promote some kind of consensus and oil the wheels of the ad-supported mobile industry. “Mobile Analytics for Monkeys” is posted on the home page. I would love it if you would visit the site and let me know of any sources of intelligence you can recommend in this field.

    Best wishes for starting the new media program, the course sounds fantastic, I wish I could drop everything and follow you out there!

  6. edwards11.wordpress.com says:

    Loving your conversation with Terrence!

    Glad this chat is finally happening on the air.

    Wish KPFK had a medium for me to comment live.

    Best to you.