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Monday, April 24, 2006

Convergence Culture Symposium@MIT

"There Is No Box! In The Matrix, we learned that there is no spoon – only the idea of a spoon. Stuck in an old paradigm – shatter it. Let's stop talking about "thinking outside the box." There is no box! Let's rewrite the code of consumer relations and branded entertainment. What happens next is up to us."

The schedule for the the first symposium of the Convergence Culture Consortium (C3) group at MIT (April 27-29) is now online. C3 is one of many experiments that the Comparative Media Studies program has developed as a way to figure out how a humanities-oriented media studies program can churn out critical thinkers and media professionals who can have an intelligent conversation without rolling their eyes and calling each other names. Thanks to Parmesh Shahani, friend and mentor, I've been involved with the group and will be giving a talk about Bollywood Inc. on April 28 (Session 6: I'm Getting Desi). This is the first time I'll be addressing (faffing to) an audience of media industry professionals, who will, needless to say, be interested less in the political economy of the dotcom sector and more in my opinion on untapped business opportunities.

So I'm off to Boston on Wednesday. Punjabi Dhaba at Inman Square, pizza at Emma's, mango tofu from a food truck, and of course, chai and addabaazi with Parmesh, Sajan and other good friends.

6 Comments:

  • many best of luckies to you, my firendly.-swati

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/26/2006 1:48 PM  

  • s9 - thanks! I'll take notes about all the things the folks in suits ask and tell.

    By Blogger Aswin, at 4/26/2006 4:38 PM  

  • guess i missed you, aswin!
    you should call when you visit boston next.

    how've you been?

    By Blogger Pampi, at 6/07/2006 9:42 AM  

  • Looks like I missed you too, Aswin. :-(

    By Blogger Simran, at 7/13/2006 3:30 PM  

  • Hey Aswin, where are you. I was waiting for the chance to start picking apart your tastes in Bollywood films again. What did you think of Faana? How about Krish?

    By Blogger Scott Carney, at 7/28/2006 1:55 AM  

  • Aswin

    I was wondering when were you planning to start blogging again. I had become a regular and happy visitor to your site and miss the interesting stuff you post like links to Coffee with Karan on youtube. Do post something soon!

    take care
    Durga

    By Blogger Durga, at 8/02/2006 1:26 PM  

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