Jonathan McIntosh is a pop culture hacker and transformative storyteller. He has been remixing mass media narratives for critical purposes since before the invention of YouTube. Everything he makes is freely available on the internet to view, share and remix.
His viral remix videos “Buffy vs Edward” and “Donald Duck meets Glenn Beck” have been featured and discussed by major media publications including The New York Times, WIRED, Washington Post, LA Times and on National Public Radio. His online videos have been recommended by Roger Ebert and celebrated by Lawrence Lessig, while Glenn Beck has said of Jonathan’s work “It is some of the best, well made propaganda I’ve ever seen”.
His remix and HTML5 video works are often included on course syllabi and screened in classrooms by educational and media literacy organizations. As an advisory board member at New Media Rights, Jonathan is an outspoken advocate of the fair use doctrine.
In 2012, together with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Jonathan screened his “Buffy vs Edward” remix video for the US Copyright Office hearings on exemptions to the DMCA. Afterward that remix work was cited in the official recommendations by the US Copyright Office on exemptions to the DMCA as an example of transformative noncommercial video work.
In 2010 his “Buffy vs Edward” video was nominated for a Webby Award in the Best Remix/Mashup category. That same year the accompanying essay “What Would Buffy Do?: Notes on Dusting Edward Cullen” won the Short Mr. Pointy Award at the 2010 Slayage Conference on the Whedonverses.
Jonathan has given lectures and facilitated workshops around the world focusing on remix video, transformative storytelling, fair use and critical media literacy. Recently, he’s given presentations at Transmedia Hollywood, Interactive Arts and Media at Columbia College, Festival de Cine Global Dominicano in Santo Domingo, Ars Electronica Symposium IV in Linz Austria and Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona in Spain. Over the past several years he’s been a regular speaker and workshop leader at the Open Video Conference in New York City.
Jonathan currently works as video producer and co-writer on the Tropes vs Women in Video Games web series.