I’m in Austin for the next few days attending the first (annual?) Flow conference at UT, hosted by the same great folks in the RTF grad program behind the Flow online journal. Amidst all the usual greetings of old friends, I attended an engaging and packed discussion about the role of television as a cultural center in American society. The general consensus (if it can loosely be called that) was that whatever television was in this capacity, it isn’t anymore, and that we don’t yet know what exactly what we do have.
After that, we went to the Alamo Drafthouse to screen some rare TV, including a bit from the famous Our World broadcast of 1967, and an excellent PR film about cable TV from 1972. My friend Tim now wants to live in the Alamo Drafthouse, and I don’t blame him. Expand to Dallas, guys, please!
More conference-ing tomorrow, including the roundtable I put together on merging television theory and practice. Hopefully, a lot of nuts-and-bolts issues of curriculum and pedagogy will be shared. I’ll keep ya posted.