Leadership, Popular Culture and Social Change
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Leadership, Popular Culture and Social Change

Edited by Kristin M.S. Bezio and Kimberly Yost

The newest generation of leaders was raised on a steady diet of popular culture artifacts mediated through technology, such as film, television and online gaming. As technology expands access to cultural production, popular culture continues to play an important role as an egalitarian vehicle for promoting ideological dissent and social change. The chapters in this book examine works and creators of popular culture – from literature to film and music to digital culture – in order to address the ways in which popular culture shapes and is shaped by leaders around the globe as they strive to change their social systems for the better.
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Chapter 13: How light painters lead change through popular culture

Laura DelPrato

Abstract

Light painting is an art form that integrates digital technology and the physical world. In this chapter, DelPrato explores both the emergence of light painting and the community of artists who engage in it as a way of understanding leadership in the digital age. DelPrato shows how both the form and the community interweave pop culture elements into narratives and practices as a means of unification and contextualization. DelPrato argues that light painting and the development of the community around it serve as examples of how to engage followers to drive positive social change.

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