Scott Rodgers explores the novelties and continuities of emergent, very local uses of social media during the COVID-19 pandemic, and what they indicate about our deepening interdependencies with platforms.
Will Straw analyzes nocturnal videos that reveal the scale of night-time cultures happening during the COVID-19 lockdown and the role of the pandemic in highlighting ongoing policy debates about urban lighting, urban noise, and spectacle.
A group of interdisciplinary researchers from Monash University examines urban robotics as an emerging possibility for the colonization of public space due to the absence of humans in the lockdown city.
What are the potentials and pitfalls of the list in a moment of rebellion? Malini Guha looks at the cultural politics of the anti-racist film list in the context of Black Lives Matter.
In “You are the Film I Started to Make but Never Finished,” Eleni Kalantzi exposes the inner thoughts and emotions of a student on what’s happening on the “outside.”
Helen Morgan Parmett and Conn Holohan introduce this installment of Student Voices. First, Helen Morgan Parmett discusses the themes of her seminar course, “Culture in the Mediapolis,” from which student essays in the section are drawn. Morgan Parmett emphasizes the ways in which the COVID-19 pandemic influenced the course and her students. Holohan then provides an introduction to the short films students’ submitted as part of the section’s special feature on student responses to the pandemic.