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, 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”.
Jonathan has been invited to gives lectures and facilitate workshops internationally on remix video, transformative storytelling, fair use and dynamic HTML5 video tools. Recently, he’s given presentations at Transmedia Hollywood, Interactive Arts and Media at Columbia College, Festival de Cine Global Dominicano in Santo Domingo, the Open Access Week at the University of Utah, Ars Electronica Symposium IV in Linz Austria and Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona in Spain. Over the past 3 years he’s been a regular speaker and workshop leader at the Open Video Conference in New York City.
His remix and HTML5 video works are often included on course syllabi and screened in classrooms by educational and media literacy organizations. As a member of the Open Video Alliance and the Organization for Transformative Works, Jonathan is an outspoken advocate of the fair use doctrine and open video standards on the web.
Jonathan frequently works with the Mozilla Popcorn project experimenting with new ways to dynamically display, integrate and layer source meta data in HTML5 video demos.
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.
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 mentioned by name in the official recommendations by the US Copyright Office on exemptions to the DMCA as an example of transformative noncommercial video work.
Jonathan is currently an instructor at the Bay Area Video Coalition where he teaches youth classes focusing on media literacy and remix video.