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.
In this post, Helen Morgan Parmett takes stock of some of the ways in which media culture and practice, and particularly film and television, has helped to shape discourses of New Orleans historically and the ways in which more recent shifts in the city’s post-Katrina cultural economy have implicated the industrial conditions of media in the city as well as its global representation.