Bryant, J ~ Foreword

Bryant, Jennings
Foreword in Sayre, S et al. ~ Entertainment and Society: Influences, Impacts, and Innovations

“The resulting phenomenon has numerous dimensions, the sum total of which has led some scholars to suggest that we’re living in the entertainment age (Zillmann and Vorderer, 2000). Others have emphasized the dysfunctional aspects of the entertainment explosion and have lamented that we are Amusing ourselves to death (Postman, 1985).”

The concomitant proliferation in entertainment scholarship has evoked abundant changes in the academy.

“Such developments indubitably have laid waste to Fischer and Melnik’s (1979) claim that “theories of entertainment per se are practically nonexistent” (p. xi). Moreover, the widespread acceptance of the myriad theories of entertainment presented and refined in these volumes casts considerable doubt on Freud’s century-old dictum that “we do not know what it is that gives us pleasure and what we laugh about” (p. 107).”

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Producer, Consultant, Lecturer & Researcher. I love working where technology meets media in novel ways. Once, I even won an Emmy for digital innovation doing that. Be it for a small but exciting campaign about underground electronic music collectives or for a monster project combining two movies, various 360° videos, 72 ARG-like mini puzzles, and a Unity game, all wrapped up in one cross-platform app – I have proven my ability to adapt to what is required. This passion for novel technologies has regularly allowed me to cross paths with tech startups – an industry and philosophy I am all set to engage with more. I intensely enjoy balancing out my practical work with academic research, teaching, and consulting. Also, I have a PhD in Creative Industries, a M.Sc. in Business Administration, and love to kitesurf.

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