Mark Deuze (with Peter Blank, and Laura Speers) Department of Telecommunications Indiana University
Friday, April 2, 2010
4 PM-5 PM
Classroom Office Building (COB) Room 100
(CMCL offices/800 E. 3rd Street between Woodlawn and Indiana)
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 everyday 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 life 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.
The media life perspective has been developed in research at the Department of Telecommunications, and in teaching the University Division course T101 Media Life (every semester, 426 students) over the last couple of years. A media life 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 23-26, 2010. An essay outlining theoretical implications of the project has been accepted for publication in Media Culture & Society (January 2011 issue), and a book with the same title is contracted with Polity Press.
Peter Blank and Laura Speers are graduate students at the Department of Telecommunications, and co-authors of the project working paper.
Media Life (1.0) working paper