Big Tech TV and the Politics of Gender, Race, and Class in Silicon Valley
- Tuesday, May 23, 2023 / 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM (PDT)
- Pollock Theater
- Screening Format: Sony 2K digital projection
- With France Winddance Twine and Lisa Parks
Presented in collaboration with UC Press journal Film Quarterly, this timely event examines the growing phenomenon of “Big Tech TV.” Professors France Winddance Twine (Sociology, UCSB) and Lisa Parks (Film and Media Studies, UCSB) discuss the ways Big Tech TV shows such as WeCrashed (starring Jared Leto and Anne Hathaway) and Super Pumped (starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Uma Thurman) represent power dynamics in Silicon Valley workplaces.
This event will build upon an article that Parks and Twine published in the spring 2023 Film Quarterly. Parks and Twine will join Marc Francis, Assistant Editor of Film Quarterly, to discuss topics including structural inequalities in the workplace, the myth of corporate self-regulation, and the culture of CEO worship in Silicon Valley.
France Winddance Twine (Sociology, UCSB)
Lisa Parks (Film and Media Studies, UCSB)
Lisa Parks is a Distinguished Professor of Film and Media Studies and Director of the Global Media Technologies and Cultures Lab at UC Santa Barbara. She is a media scholar with research on satellite technologies and media globalization; critical studies of media infrastructures; media, militarization, and surveillance; and environmental media. She is currently working on two new books, a co-edited collection entitled Media Backends: Digital Infrastructure and the Politics of Knowing (under contract with University of Illinois Press), and Mixed Signals: Media Infrastructures on the Outskirts. She is a 2018 MacArthur Fellow.
Moderator Marc Francis (Film Quarterly)
Marc Francis is the Assistant Editor of Film Quarterly. In addition, he works in Mastering and Servicing at Paramount Pictures and runs Los Angeles microcinema Wayward Cinema. His current book project, entitled Deviant Repertories, is about the programming of canonical queer films in 1970s and 1980s US art house cinemas, and is under contract with Duke University Press. His most recent essay was included in The Oxford Handbook of Queer Cinema. Other essays have appeared in Camera Obscura, Jump Cut, Media Fields, and Film Quarterly.
This event is sponsored by the Carsey-Wolf Center and co-presented with Film Quarterly.
In recognition of the extraordinary accomplishments of the Center’s namesakes, Dick Wolf and Marcy Carsey, the Carsey-Wolf Center is committed to examining television as an institution, industry, and cultural form. In our post-network, multi-channel, multi-media environment, understanding television demands understanding its past as well as its future, through exploration of individual episodes, mini-series, and documentaries.