The articles in this issue of JAPPC are based on the annual Inhuman Screens Conference held at the Sydney Underground Film Festival and convened by Aleks Wansbrough and Stefan Popescu. Given the coronavirus in 2020, the conference was entirely virtual. This was strangely fitting for a conference about the way humans are mediated through the screen, as technology has changed the very concept of the human and therefore also of culture. But it is therefore relevant also to the theme of the journal as popular culture emerged as a concept from technological developments.

Pop culture, like the cognate term popular art, is, as Noël Carrol puts it, “an ahistorical term.”1 In a modern and commercial sense, it is tied to the emergence of mass culture. While exploiting folk culture in the form of kitsch, popular culture began in part as the product of “the culture industry”—an extension of—or encroachment...

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