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Hi, I'm Elisa Kreisinger.
I gained popularity online as Pop Culture Pirate when I started re-editing Mad Men into feminists and the Real Housewives into lesbians at a time when women were longing for more inclusive content.
I took my knowledge of female audiences to Upworthy as Creative Director in 2014 and then Refinery29 in 2016. I also host the iTunes top 20 podcast, Strong Opinions Loosely Held. You can find it on NPR One.
I'm a 2013 Women in Technology Fellow at NYU School of Engineering and I speak around the world about the power of creating a more thoughtful and inclusive popular culture. My video work has been featured in galleries and museums across the US and Europe as well as in The New York Times, Ad Week, BuzzFeed, TIME and NY Magazine.
I love making things and sometimes those products create actual change. My solo show and Fair Use(r) series resulted in a US Copyright Office White paper and my 2012 US Copyright Office testimony helped win crucial exemptions to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, allowing online video to flourish across social platforms.
My approach to video is simple yet often overlooked in favor of more sexy and complicated storytelling. Sexy is great but it doesn't always deliver. My strategy has led to a 600% growth in video views at Refinery29.
Is Instagram making us all into Betty Draper 2.0? Can you follow the Kardashians and still be a feminist? Are there women on death row? Is virality a science or a spiritual connection? I talk to culture-makers and rule-breakers to try to solve the mysteries of today's popular culture. Strong Opinions Loosely Held Season 1 is an iTunes top 20 podcast. In it's first few weeks, it ranked higher than Lena Dunham’s Woman of the Hour, TED Radio Hour and Modern Love and has been featured across iTunes and NPR One. Listen here.
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