Convergent Media Website Revamp Coming Soon!!!

Be prepared for a new site coming soon.  We will have updates to all the pages and new content.  As the new generation of Convergent Media students take over this site, you will see even more projects write ups!

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CM@UIW Presents: Rick Kern Professional Live Music Photographer

64247_508973142498367_1515025559_nCM@UIW is proud to have Rick Kern give a talk about being a professional photographer in the music industry.  Rick’s work has been featured in Rolling Stone and other top magazine and websites.  Rick will share his experiences and give tips and tricks to becoming a professional photographer.

When:  April 22nd at 7pm

Where:  UIW Administration Building, AD290 (TV Studio

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CM@UIW Presents: Jon Lebkowsky & Dustin Younse

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When:  Monday April 15, 2013 at 7pm
Where:  UIW Admin Building TV Studio AD290

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CM@UIW is proud to host Jon Lebkowsky & Dustin Younse in a talk about internet culture and rethinking the TED talk.


Jon Lebkowsky is an author, activist, journalist, and blogger who writes about the future of the Internet, digital culture, media, and society. He’s been associated with various forward-looking projects and organizations, including FringeWare, Whole Earth, WorldChanging, Mondo 2000, bOING bOING, Factsheet Five, the WELL, the Austin Chronicle, EFF-Austin, Society of Participatory Medicine, Extreme Democracy, Digital Convergence Initiative, Plutopia Productions, Polycot Consulting, Social Web Strategies, Project VRM, and Reality Augmented Blog. He’s also a web strategist and developer via Polycot Associates.

Dustin Younse is currently an MA student in the Radio, Television and Film student at the University of Texas at Austin.  He currently works at the Institute for Public School Initiatives where he is their webmaster.  Dustin is also manages Dorkbot Austin, a maker group who has regular meetings about “fun with electricity”.  He recently hosted Dorkbot at SXSW, which was a huge success.

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CYBER LIBERTIES: Patrick Burkart, Ph.D. & Brandon Wiley


DATE: Thursday, February 21, 2012


WHERE: Tilton Conference Room (In UIW’s Joyce Building)

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The Convergent Media Department at UIW presents two collaborative talks featuring Patrick Burkart, Ph.D., an Associate Professor of Communications at Texas A&M University and Brandon Wiley, a Ph.D. student in the School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin.


Patrick Burkart Bio: 

My research explores emergent and convergent markets for communication that divulge underlying structural transformations, power shifts, and political reforms, together with the risks and opportunities that come with them. I use international political economy, media economics, and legal studies approaches in most of my published research. I regularly teach Political Economy of Telecommunications, Telecommunications Policy, Global media, and Information Society classes. Some of my graduate advisees have specialized in topics related to international communications, Web 2.0 software development, and music.

Brandon Wiley Bio: 

Brandon Wiley is currently a PhD student at the University of Texas at Austin in the School of Information. He is also a former ACTLab teacher as well as student. His work spans multiple disciplines and fields with his current work looking at censorship and the internet, anonymity and the internet, hardware and software digital Art, tech start ups and much more.

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CM@UIW Presents: Jon Lebkowsky- The Future of Media

Wednesday, November 14th from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m.

Jon Lebkowsky will talk about how generally to consider what the future will bring, and specifically, how to think about the post-convergence future of media. The growing popularity of speculative fiction and nonfiction in the 20th century conditioned us to believe in a future that is already established: we carry strongly-held cultural assumptions about time travel, space travel, urban evolution, artificial intelligence and robotics, etc. Consider our thinking about the inevitability of space travel, conditioned in part by Star Trek, where you can travel the universe and still have perfect hair and teeth. We should drop our preconceptions about the future of media, and think creatively about the future we want. Lebkowsky’s talk will lead into a brainstorming session about trends and most-desired outcomes.

Here’s my bio: Jon Lebkowsky is an author, activist, journalist, and blogger who writes about the future of the Internet, digital culture, media, and society. He’s been associated with various forward-looking projects and organizations, including FringeWare, Whole Earth, WorldChanging, Mondo 2000, bOING bOING, Factsheet Five, the WELL, the Austin Chronicle, EFF-Austin, Society of Participatory Medicine, Extreme Democracy, Digital Convergence Initiative, Plutopia Productions, Polycot Consulting, Social Web Strategies, Project VRM, and Reality Augmented Blog. He’s also a web strategist and developer via Polycot Associates.

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CM@UIW Presents: Brandon Wiley- Make a Video Game With Your Friends… Today!!!

When:  October 17th, 7pm

Where:  Geekdom

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Who:  Brandon Wiley

Title:  Make a Video Game With Your Friends… Today!!!

Description:  Video games have become a pervasive part of our culture. Everyone plays video games now, from million dollar budget console games to $0.99 mobile games. However, even as the game industry begins to eclipse the film and music industries in revenue, there’s more going on than just profit. Video games have become an art form and a part of our cultural heritage. Right now we are in a golden age of video games where the trends of indie studios, retro themes, and 8bit aesthetics have made video game production more accessible than ever before. You can start your own video game studio, and you can do it today! People all over the world are writing their own games for the first time right now by participating in game jams, contests that last from 48 hours to a month where small teams get together to create games and then publish them on the web. Game designers Brandon Wiley and Corie Johnson from Hot Trouble, Austin’s premier amateur game studio, will tell you everything you need to know to start making your own video games with your friends. You don’t need to be a programmer or an artist, you just need to love games!

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CM@UIW Lecture Series Presents: Ruth Buentello & Corina Zavala- Art, Activism and Education

When: October 3rd, 7pm-9pm
Where: UIW Library Auditorium
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Convergent Media @ UIW Lecture Series Presents:

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Title: Creating Collaboratively

Description: Ruth will be giving a talk about her journey into Collaborative Art and Activism.

Corina Zavala Lopez

Title: Chicana activism in the schools. Living and working a Chicana activist reality.

Description: This talk will describe the speaker’s lived reality of being a Chicana feminist, while being a PhD candidate, studying her hometown, and teaching at an inner city elementary school. What it means to be working with second and third generation Tejanos teaching them in Spanish and sometimes teaching them Spanish, from a self described Pocha. Bringing cultural anthropology and scholar activism to the classroom while trying to survive teaching kindergarten for the first time and entering into the classroom after a four year stint in academia.


Ruth Leonela

Ruth Leonela Buentello first explored her artistic inclinations as a student participant at San Anto Cultural Arts at the age of 16. Just two short years later Ruth was on her way to formalizing her training as a professional artist at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She received her Bachelors of Fine Arts there in 2008. Since graduating she has exhibited her work in group exhibitions at the Art Institute of Chicago, Self Help Graphics in Los Angeles, California, the Museo Alameda in San Antonio, Texas, the Slanguage Studio in Los Angeles, California, The University of Texas at San Antonio Fine Arts Gallery, Mexic-Arte Museum in Austin, Texas, and Unit B Gallery in San Antonio, Texas. Her first solo exhibition was at the Southwest School of Arts and Craft in 2009. In 2009 she founded the Mas Rudas collective in collaboration with like-minded Chicana artists. Through Mas Rudas her work has evolved to explore the sociocultural examinations of Chican@ identity, cultural representations of gender, and the co-optation of Chican@/Tejan@/Latin@ history and culture. Since its founding, Mas Rudas has produced 5 collaborative installations in San Antonio, Austin and Los Angeles. In 2010, she received an Artist Travel Grant from Artpace to study the art of Nikki de Saint Phalle in Italy and France. In 2011, she was chosen to participate in the Young Latino Artists 16 Thought Cloud Exhibition at Mexic-Arte Museum. She currently serves as the Community Mural/Public Art Program Coordinator at San Anto Cultural Arts, where she manages the creation and implementation of community mural projects. Ruth is a true community artist with a passion for empowering communities through the creation of public art, arts education, and youth advocacy.

Corina Zavala Lopez

Corina is a third generation Tejana and daughter of migrant farm workers
currently working on her dissertation at the University of Texas at Austin, “Crystal City Women’s experiences during the Chicano movement”. She recently re-entered the elementary classroom after pursuing graduate school full time for four years.

Corina currently lives and works in San Antonio, Tx with her husband Joseph Lopez.

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Inside the Gaming Industry, Volume 1

The gaming industry, an open forest full of strong, lush titles and technologies, diverse species of game palettes, and a thriving community. No matter how deep you are into your game, there is always a community roaring behind it. Stuck on a frozen game save in “The Battle for Whiterun”  in Skyrim? Wondering when the next expansion pack for World of Warcraft comes out? Dragging your feet to the next deathmatch fight in Call of Duty? Congratulations, you’re in it deeper than you think. Now I’m not here to make you testify to the rafters how proud you are of your nerd culture. I’m telling you where you can learn more about the games you love and all that comes with them. The community in gaming runs deep, covering many of the sociological and economic problems that affect video games, politics between the publishers, developers’ rights to intellectual properties, or how to make your video game project flourish. You want it, the internet’s got it. Let me give you some sites and faces you can follow to learn more.

Kotaku ( is “The Gamer’s Guide”, a news source for the game industry that has built it’s following from the attention to audience participation in deciding what is most important to them. Not only do they give you up to the minute news, but they have many diverging opinions and are partnered with other sites such as Lifehacker and Gizmodo to give you that tech junkie fix early in the morning.

The Escapist Magazine ( was founded in 2005. The Escapist is a leading video gaming destination offering video game enthusiasts high-quality, innovative and exclusive content with a considered approach to its audience. The mouthpiece of the gaming generation, The Escapist aims to capture and celebrate the contemporary video gaming lifestyle and the diverse global video game culture by way of in-depth features, thought provoking articles and relevant columns authored by leading video game authorities, as well as cutting-edge video shorts, engaging forums and robust social media elements that incorporate the video gaming experience. That was copy from their site, they also won a Webby in 2008.  Here is a list of some of their personalities:

Benjamin “Yahtzee” Crowshaw – Witty, sharp, and sporadic Yahtzee captivated the internet with his Flash animated series, Zeropunctuation, with it’s harsh yet tongue-in-cheek humor, and it’s lack of punctuation. Literally. The speed in which this guy speaks, many of the jokes blow overhead, but he’s always got something to say about gaming. He’s also a science fiction author and a game designer. You can check out his design endeavors on his blog Fullyramblomatic ( or his Wednesday serial on the Escapist Magazine’s site, Zeropunctionation.

Jim Sterling –  The cheeky, rotund voice of reason hailing from the UK. His home domain is at the Escapist Magazine  with his Monday serial “The Jimquisition”, but he’s also a big voice in a growing critical analysis of the industry. You can check him out on Destructoid (  with his many interesting antics with other editors of the blog, as well coverage of trade related events such as the Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) and the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3).

Penny Arcade ( started in 1998 as a regularly updated webcomic, but slowly expanded to all avenues of discussion in gaming. Their purview has expanded a great deal, with a focus on the perils and humor in game creation, balancing gaming and reality, or applying game logic to your everyday life. After a falling out with the Escapist Magazine, Penny Arcade was graced with the weekly serial Extra Creditz, a show that talks about game development, the industry, and how we can move forward and making these concepts easier to navigate. (


Next time, I’ll actually tackle a subject that requires conversation, but please take the second to learn something new about gaming and what’s out there. There are so many things this industry can accomplish, and considering we’re in the study of “convergent media”, this is the epitome of two older technologies converging into something completely different. Video games have taking the interactivity of reading a book, and combined it with the elements of a movie or screenplay. This is our future. Let’s work together to make sure it doesn’t suck.

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CM@UIW Lecture Series Presents: Jesse and Jason: Music Production in the 21st Century


When:  8pm-10pm, September 19th, 2012
Where:  Geekdom, 112 East Pecan Street, San Antonio, Tx
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Jesse Brede and Jason Torres will be presenting about music production in the 21st century.  Both Jesse and Jason are currently active in the EDM scene where they have been working together (along with others) to create a collective of musicians and visual artists to produce works and performances that defy the current state of production.  Below you can read about their specific talks and a little bit about themselves.  So be sure to join us!


Jesse Brede

Title:  Owning and Running a Creative Business


It’s not only possible but absolutely necessary to make a business out of your creativity.  Do you have a passion?  Jesse Brede breaks down how you can create a business doing what you love.

Jason Torres

Title: The Rise of Electronic Music in America


This talk will focus on electronic music’s explosive popularity in America over the past 10 years. It will discuss the history of electronic music in America and around the world, the rise of the rockstar DJ, the difference between America and the rest of the world in respect to electronic music, and finally how the fall of punk and metal in America has paved the way for this explosion.

Bio:  Jesse Brede

Brede has been a staple of the electronic music scene in Austin, Texas since 1999. With roots in house muisc, Jesse built his reputation by playing alongside top performers such as Deadmau5, Digweed, Sander Kleinenbeg, Chris Fortier, Sasha, James Zabiela, Adam Freeland, Satoshi Tomiie, Josh Wink, Lee Burridge and many more.. In 2010, Jesse founded Gravitas Recording, a record label and creative collective that includes an all-star cast of local and national talents with a focus on producing, djing, vjing, video mapping, sound, lasers, and lighting. The label’s first release, a 24 track multi-genre compilation, has been downloaded over 10k times with much accolades and enthusiasm.

As the electronic music scene has evolved so has Jesse. His sound has become more diverse through tempo and genre changes. He now produces and mixes glitchhop, dubstep, triphop, and downtempo with a focus on quality and depth. Jesse’s latest project “BREDE”, pronounced “BRAY-DA”, focuses on the live performance by including live instruments, dancers, visuals, projection mapping and props to create a sonically and visually stimulating performance. BREDE has been well received with billings at major electronic music festivals Art Outside and Nocturnal and gigs with Bonobo, Dieselboy, Blockhead, Nadis Warriors, BOOMBOX, ill-esha, and Stephan Jacobs. The vision is clear, FUN and CREATIVITY.

Bio:  Jason Torres

Jason Torres is a DJ/VJ/Producer and most recently Projection Mapper who has been a part of the Austin live music scene for more than 10 years.

His DJ sets usually center around the bass heavy genres likes UK dubstep, future garage, and drum and bass, but he is just as happy to play some minimal tech house or 90′s diva house. His VJ sets are known for their breathtaking scenery, vivid colors, and unusual content. His original music is always atmospheric and brimming with bass, but can range from minimal moombahton to trancestep.

Jason has also been pushing the field of projection mapping to new levels, working with Jesse Brede and Alex Thurlow of the Gravitas crew to create the first projection mapping group in Austin. Their first client was CanWeNetwork, a social media startup, who hired the crew to projection map a party at the infamous Roial club in Austin, TX for SXSW 2012. He has also performed projection mapping for artists such as Ill-Esha, Robotic Pirate Monkey, and Moby.

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CM@UIW Lecture Series Presents: Cecy Correa and Social Media

When:  August 29th, 2012, 7:30pm

Where:  Geekdom, Weston Business Centre (11th Floor), 112 East Pecan St., San Antonio, Tx

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Social media: lots of people do it, but not everyone does it right. It looks easy, but there is a science and an art to creating a presence in social media channels that won’t make you come across as a phoney. Learn how companies handle social media right, hear some horror stories, and learn how you can use social media to accurately represent who you are in a way that will be beneficial for your career. It’s never too late to start doing it right.

Bio: Cecy is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and the ACTLab program. She currently works at Four Kitchens in Austin, TX, where she leads all online and offline community engagement strategy. Formerly, Cecy has worked for companies like Electronic Arts, Dell and interactive marketing agency Springbox. In her spare time, Cecy likes to play pub trivia, play games, and play with her pet bunnies.

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