What’s the problem with creativity in media studies? That was the question posed by our guest speaker Professor David Gauntlett (University of Westminster) in the latest CMCI departmental research seminar.
The idea of a creative life is very close to people’s hearts he argued, but the cynicism and economic exploitation at the heart of most major online platforms is deeper and more damaging than some of us had anticipated. But that does not at the same time remove great opportunities for creative exchange and networks that the internet has enabled, he said.
Professor Gauntlett wondered why this was not a more popular topic in media and communications studies today. Discussion ensued….
This was one of Professor Gauntlett’s last presentations in the UK for now: From January 2018 he will be Professor of Creative Innovation and Leadership at Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada.