Speakers: : Mark Deuze, Peter Blank, and Laura Speers (IU Telecom)
Time & Place: Friday, February 5, 2010, 12:30-1:45 pm; RTV226
Title: Media Life (v3.0)
Research since the early years of the 21st century consistently suggests that more of our time gets spent using media, that being concurrently exposed to media has become a foundational feature of life, and that consuming media for most people increasingly takes place alongside producing media. Media devices, what people do with them, and how all of this fits in the organization of our everyday lives disrupt and unsettle well-established views of the role media play in society. Instead of continuing to wrestle with a distinction between media and society, our project proposes that life is not lived with media, but in media.
Instead of presenting a paper, we will prepare a guided discussion on a selected range of key "secrets" in media life. Media life exposes us to a range of secrets, each of which has profound implications for the way we understand ourselves and the world we live in:
1. we are everywhere;
2. we make reality;
3. we are alone;
4. we are connected;
5. we are mobile;
6. we live/die in public;
7. we are media.
The media life perspective has been developed in research at the Department of Telecommunications, and through teaching the University Division course T101 Media Life (offered every semester, with approx. 426 students) during the last couple of years. A working paper is available at IU ScholarWorks (see URL below). We will present this work in the Philosophy of Communication division of the International Communication Conference in Singapore, June 22-26, 2010. A book with the same title is contracted with Polity Press.
Media Life (1.0) working paper