Featuring Prof. Karen Tongson of USC and Prof. André Brock of Georgia Tech
A symposium on the media crease, the subject of a forthcoming collection currently being developed by the Color of New Media Working Group. The Media Crease: Technological Repetitions, Resurgences, Hauntings, Loops & Folds will consist of texts authored by members of the Color of New Media working group that focus on the media crease as made by, experienced by, imposed upon, or otherwise deeply affecting women, BIPOC people, LGBTQ+ people, and people in the Global South/LMICs (Low- and Middle-Income Countries).
“The media crease” is Abigail De Kosnik’s term for the visible or sensible traces of the repeated use of a media object. Mediacreases can be found within media texts, or on single media platforms, or within particular media genres/formats, and they can also occur across texts, platforms, genres, and formats. There is always a temporal dimension to the media crease -- the media crease is always evidence of persistent and repeated use over time. But the timeframe for a media crease is variable: a social media crease might last a day, a discursive media crease (such “the American Dream” or “meritocracy” or “white supremacy”) might last for centuries.
Framing media creases in this way opens onto questions about how “fatal couplings of power and difference” (Gilmore) materialize in time, place, and form. The lines creased into media’s social context include the color line theorized in its global and local scales by Du Bois; the border line, embodied so poetically in the philosophical work of Anzaldua; colonial modernity’s persistent anthropocentric lines so radically troubled by Wynter; the intersecting lines of raced, gendered, sexual, and capitalist oppression conceptualized so eloquently by the Combahee River Collective; and more. It is out of and in conversation with these creases that our project emerges.