Henry Jenkins

Henry Jenkins is a leading media scholar and theorist whose work is at the centre of contemporary debates about the cultural consequences of digital technology. After many years at MIT, he is now Provost Professor of Communication, Journalism and Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California. His oeuvre is diverse and ambitious, ranging from studies of comic books and vaudeville to examinations of violence in video games and the culture of fandom. He is perhaps most famous for his work on participatory culture, which has stressed that many of the cultural forms associated with the internet are driven by users who are best understood as active and engaged participants rather than passive consumers. In recent years his research has concentrated on the cultural aspects of the convergence of ‘old’ and ‘new’ media. He co-authored the Polity book Participatory Culture in a Networked Era (with danah boyd and Mizuko Ito).