Hall Center For The Humanities


Allan Hanson
Anthropology; Nancy Baym, Communication Studies

"Social Implications of Digital Media"

Tue., May. 11, 2010, 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Location: Hall Center Seminar Room
Our lives are mediated by an ever-increasing array of digital media. Technologies such as computers, mobile phones, and the Internet play ever-more important roles in shaping phenomena as diverse as personal and professional relationships, play and work, artistic production and reception, knowledge and expertise, and local and international relations. Participants in this workshop might address questions such as: How do we appropriate cell phones, texting, email, and other electronic technologies for interpersonal purposes and with what effects on the nature of interpersonal relationships? How does online community compare with traditional community in terms of shared goals, commitment, and mutual obligations? Do Internet games and other technologies foster personal isolation, help us learn and develop, or have other effects? Online searches deliver information quite differently from former techniques. Does this lead to important differences in how we process and use information? The goal of this workshop is to bring together scholars at KU whose work addresses ethical, philosophical and social implications of information technologies in these and related areas in order to find points of overlap, foster interdisciplinarity, and stimulate thinking about potential grant activity in the area.

Lunch will be provided and an RSVP is required by May 4th to hallcenter@ku.edu or 785-864-4798.
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