IU Department of Telecommunications Seminar (T600) Series
Speaker: Scott Campbell (Dept. of Communication Studies, U. of Michigan)
Title: Civic engagement in a "mobilized" society: New media, new insights.
Time: Friday, March 6, 2009, 12:30-1:45 pm
Place: Radio-TV building, room 226
Debates over civic engagement have garnered increased concern in recent years, partly due to evidence of its steady decline in American society over the last half century. A key culprit blamed for this trend is the privatization of leisure time through the use of electronic media, particularly television. The uptake of new media such as computer and mobile communication technologies has ushered in a new wave of hopes and fears for civic engagement. This talk reports on a series of empirical studies that explore how old, new, and even newer media may be helping or harming engagement in civic life. Beyond simple exposure to the media, we take into consideration a number of salient factors, such as usage patterns, self-efficacy, and social network characteristics, in an attempt to contextualize this (often over-simplified) debate.
Scott Campbell is Assistant Professor of Communication Studies and Pohs Fellow of Telecommunication in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Michigan. Professor Campbell's research explores the social implications of new media, with an emphasis on mobile telephony. His current projects examine how mobile communication patterns are linked to both the private and public spheres of social life, such as social networking and civic engagement. Several of these projects use a comparative approach to situate the role of mobile communication technology in the larger media landscape.