2021 Internet Culture Festival
Memes. Web 3.0. Big Tech. Extremism. The Streaming Wars. Surveillance. Gaming.
The 2021 Internet Culture Festival is an interactive festival featuring the internet’s most critical, engaging, and fun internet thinkers. We’re bringing together academics, authors, journalists, podcasters, strategists, storytellers, and thinkers to help us celebrate, interrogate, and understand the year in internet culture -- and help us learn where we go from here.
From cryptocurrency and political movements to memes and the streaming wars, the 2021 Internet Culture Festival will look back on the year in internet culture to help us understand how we can make sense of the web, be more critical of the systems that make up so much of our everyday lives, celebrate (and interrogate) the memes we share, and challenge us to help create to a healthier internet.
List of Speakers (More TBA)
André Brock, Jr. is the author of “Distributed Blackness: African American Cybercultures” and an Associate Professor of Black Digital Studies at Georgia Institute of Technology.
Brandy Zadrozny is an award-winning senior reporter for NBC News' Biz, Tech & Media team, where she covers misinformation, extremism, and the internet.
Carlos Maza is a YouTube video essayist who focuses on media and propaganda while trying not to succumb to existential dread. He watches way too much Fox News, and his brain is probably permanently broken, but the content is almost worth it.
Douglas Rushkoff is an author and documentarian who studies human autonomy in a digital age. His twenty books include the just-published Team Human, based on his podcast, as well as the bestsellers Present Shock, Throwing Rocks and the Google Bus, Program or Be Programmed, Life Inc, and Media Virus.
Katie Notopoulos is a senior technology reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
Allegra Frank is a senior editor at Slate, covering music, video games, and the internet. She worked previously at Polygon and Vox.
Ryan Broderick is a journalist, video producer, podcaster, and community moderator. He's the writer of the Garbage Day newsletter and the host of The Content Mines Podcast.
Julia Alexander is a senior strategy analyst at Parrot Analytics and co-host of the Downstream Podcast. Julia formerly wrote for The Verge, Polygon, and IGN.
Kalhan Rosenblatt is a 31-year-old teenager and NBC News Digital’s youth and internet culture reporter, covering all things memes, teens and social media. She specializes in covering TikTok, including both the trends that have emerged from the platform and the ways in which those trends influence the behavior of young people. When she’s not working, she spends way too much of her time — you guessed it — scrolling TikTok.
Bijan Stephen is a writer, editor, and video correspondent. Bijan is the host and executive producer of the podcast Eclipsed at Campside Media, a music critic at The Nation, and a video game columnist at The Believer. Bijan plays T.K. & Remy on the actual play podcast Fun City and stream on Twitch regularly.
Rachel E. Greenspan is an editor on the Digital Culture desk at Insider with expertise covering online misinformation and disinformation, far-right extremism and right-wing media, and conspiracy theories like QAnon. In 2021, she won an inaugural American Journalism Online Award from NYU's Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute for her coverage of QAnon.
Grafton Tanner is the author of The Hours Have Lost Their Clock: The Politics of Nostalgia. His work has appeared in such venues as The Nation, NPR, and the Los Angeles Review of Books. He lives in Athens, Georgia.
Shep Ogden is the CEO and Co-Founder of Offbeat Media Group, the venture-backed media company that influences a global Gen Z audience of 1B+ followers through new and innovative media such as memes, TikTok trends, virtual influencers, and AR lenses.
Bailey Grady is Offbeat Media Group’s COO and Co-Founder, has been working with and pushing the boundaries of social media since its inception, boasting nearly 10 years in the space. His prowess on social media helped him grow some of the world's most renowned brands and his expertise continues to push Offbeat’s business to this day.
Dr. Jamie Cohen is a digital culture expert and a writer, speaker, educator, and producer. He founded a college degree in internet studies, wrote a textbook on the subject and is the co-author of the first peer reviewed paper on Pepe the Frog.
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