Mindbrowse and Sssh.com hosted their 8th annual seminar at XBIZ LA 2021, an event series designed to explore industry-wide issues and cultural shifts. In this edition: “How the Pandemic Dramatically Shifted the Dynamics of Production”


Organized and moderated by sociologist Dr. Chauntelle Tibbals, the event took place on Monday January 11, 2021 from 2 – 3 pm PST. Featured speakers include FSC’s Lotus Lain, Meana Wolf, Britney Amber, Mike Quasar, ATMLA’s Mark Schechter, Nikki Night, and Karla Lane.

“In recent years, production dynamics within the industry have been shifting significantly,” Dr. Tibbals explained. “Then, the pandemic happened. And though COVID-19’s impact on every aspect of the wider social world is still unfolding, one clear effect it has already had on the industry is augmenting these seismic shifts.” 

During “Production, Power, and the Pandemic,” speakers discussed the ways in which already shifting production dynamics were expedited and further shifted during 2020. Social impacts within the community, as well as speculations about the future, were discussed. As always with Mindbrowse events, Dr. Tibbals invited live questions from the virtual audience.

This year’s event marks the eighth time Mindbrowse and Sssh.com have produced and hosted the large “big picture,” think piece-level seminar seeking to explore industry wide issues and cultural shifts during the XBIZ LA show.

“Who knew when we broadcast our very first Mindbrowse seminar from the XBIZ show floor so many years ago that virtual programming would one day become the norm?” quipped Sssh.com’s owner and award-winning director Angie Rowntree.

“Our intention with these seminars was always to provide a platform for a diverse array of perspectives from our community to come together to deep-dive on relevant topics – and to make that discussion as accessible as possible via technology,” Rowntree continued. “One welcome twist to the pandemic is that our goal of enhanced accessibility has become normalized!”

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