Copygrounds is an academic discussion forum and digital media platform which focuses on technological developments and practices now taking place within contemporary media systems. These dynamics have been accompanied by numerous antagonisms and outright conflicts between parties with conflicting interests. The ensuing contests to influence the trajectory of technological development and practice are the particular target of our analysis.
Copygrounds is created and maintained through the collective effort of Brett Caraway and students from the Department of Radio-Television-Film at The University of Texas at Austin. Our discussion forum takes an interdisciplinary approach to the study of technology as we draw upon the expertise of individuals with diverse backgrounds in law, economics, music, business, academia, computer networking, and cultural production and distribution. The goal of Copygrounds is twofold. First, the project gives students the opportunity to engage with notable individuals whose knowledge and opinions may help us make sense of these oftentimes contentious issues. Second, Copygrounds serves as a platform for student-produced digital media. Through the production of creative and entertaining content students are able to offer their perspective and commentary on any of the issues or concepts we encounter as we explore new media systems.
Although Copygrounds is the product of an integrated community of students, academics, and guest contributors, public commentary is welcomed and encouraged.