Sunday, April 26, 2009

Tension Still Exists Between High Art and Popular Culture

There is still an unresolved tension between high art and popular culture, particularly among scholars at universities who want to be taken seriously and separate themselves from the masses. This influences slow acceptance of learning about mass media like movies, television, video games, animation and comic books in schools.

Henry Jenkins (left) felt that pressure and moved from MIT's (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) Media Lab to the University of Southern California (USC) where he does serious research with folks from the movie and comic book world.

Neil Gaiman (right) is a writer of science fiction and fantasy short stories and novels, graphic novels, comics, and films. His works include The Sandman comic series, Stardust, American Gods and Coraline. Gaiman has won numerous awards, including the Hugo, Nebula, and Bram Stoker awards, as well as the 2009 Newbery Medal. Some call him a "rock star" of the literary world.

Click on the heading above to see part of a conversation between Henry Jenkins and Neil Gaiman than can be used with students to explore attitudes about art, culture and design.

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