As an organization interested in media impact, our “water cooler” chatter around the office often includes TV Series and Documentaries that mirror past and present, sentimental TV specials, and media trends that affect us. Read on to see the meaningful media and cultural phenomenons HI staff has been talking about in June:
- Featured Analysis: The People vs. O.J. Simpson and O.J.: Made in America
- Zika Virus, the Olympics and Agenda Setting
- Shark Week
- The Evolution of Broadcast Censorship
Tuesday October 27, Harmony Institute hosted its first event to show off the work of its research fellows at Civic Hall. We heard from Jason Sherwin about his research measuring what brain activity is triggered by watching video media, and what happens next. We also heard from Heidi Boisvert about her study of what components of different media trigger empathy, and when that empathy inspires people to do good. Finally we heard from Clint Beharry about an an update to his work on visualizing media consumption across the political landscape, as well as a review of our work the neural and social media reactions to shows like The Walking Dead.For more information on Clint (and Jason’s) work on the last of these, take a look at our full written report and video: Zombies, Brains, and Tweets. More information about Jason’s Trailer Brain and Heidi’s Empathy Engine will be posted to our website as the projects develop from their current early stages.
Debika Shome, HI’s Deputy Director, served as a panelist at the New America NYC: Merchants of Doubt event on January 13, 2015. The event involved a film screening followed by a panel composed of leaders in science, environmental, and the media communications field to discuss the environment in the age of polarized politics.
On Wednesday, June 11, HI’s Senior Creative Technologist, Clint Beharry, spoke at the Sheffield Doc/Fest in Sheffield, England. In its 21st year, the Sheffield Doc/Fest is one of the top three documentary festivals and markets in the world. In his talk, “How is data used to understand different types of impact?,” Beharry presented HI’s StoryPilot, and how it measures the impact of documentary films. Click here to read more about the Sheffield Doc/Fest.
On Thursday, May 8, HI’s Senior Creative Technologist, Clint Beharry, spoke at the WebDox and Docville Film Festival in Leuven, Belgium. In his keynote address, “Big data & how to assess impact,” Beharry spoke about impact, the use of data and data visualizations in impact assessment, and HI’s impact-measurement app, ImpactSpace. Click here to read more about WebDox and Docville.
On April 17-18, HI’s Deputy Director, Debika Shome, and Senior Creative Technologist, Clint Beharry, participated and presented at the Center for Investigative Reporting’s Dissection: D event. As the fourth installment of the Dissection Series, topics included community impact, impact and innovation, and the future of impact and its measurement. Beharry demonstrated HI’s impact measurement tool, ImpactSpace, and presented our case studies on the the Walking Dead, and the film Gasland. Click here to read more about the conference’s events.
On April 14-15, HI participated in Dissection: C, the third installment of the Center for Investigative Reporting’s Dissection series, at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism in New York. Founder and Executive Director, John S. Johnson, Deputy Director, Debika Shome, Senior Creative Technologist, Clint Beharry, and Data Scientist Burton DeWilde attended the conference, which addressed the challenges of impact analysis, including the need for definitions and taxonomy around impact measurement and new measurement techniques. Beharry presented HI’s ImpactSpace.
From March 25-28, HI participated in the Britdoc Foundation’s Impact Distribution Lab, held in New York. Topics at the four-day summit included the international and local aspects of the distribution and impact of media, and impact evaluation. HI’s Senior Creative Technologist, Clint Beharry, discussed the value of impact evaluation and presented ImpactSpace.