As we move our Social TV class into it's 6th year we decided to make some changes and with the help of colleagues in the MIT Comparative Media Studies decided to organize a 1 1/2 day workshop before the start of the semester as well as keeping the popular project presentations in May. You will see attached the detailed description of the workshop and it's goals. Of course we want to explore what are the concepts that are most interesting for you in the next few years as well as reviewing the projects of the first 5 years. We also want to reposition social TV as the future of TV and as a response to the disruption in the industry.
We will not limit ourselves to the social interactions between viewers but also explore content production and adoption. We are re-defining social television at the center of communities - the storytellers, the viewers and the devices - and explore how all these can create the new television experience and how your ideas can be integrated into the class at MIT and it's "sister" series of seminars at the Université du Québec à Montréal.
The proceedings of the workshop (we will charge $1500) will be used to enhance the class quality with equipment acquisition (tablets and smartphones for example), travel to conferences for the students and if very successful the possibility of hiring a research assistant to continue development beyond the end of the semester.