Published: 16 February 2011 at 13:48
Launch event to focus on new directions in Media Studies
Important issues in communication technology, including the role social media has played in the recent events in Egypt and Tunisia, will be on the agenda on 22 February when Anglia Ruskin University lecturers Dr Joss Hands and Dr Jussi Parikka discuss their new books.
“New Directions in Media Studies: Questioning The Digital Turn”, sponsored by the Cultures of the Digital Economy (CoDE) Research Institute at Anglia Ruskin University, will address the relevance of innovative cross-disciplinary themes in contemporary Media Studies.
Both Dr Hands’ book, @ is for Activism, and Dr Parikka’s Insect Media examine issues such as the impact of digital networks on collective action and the interconnection of science and arts. In @ is for Activism, Dr Hands offers an original perspective on networks and political change, including case studies on the anti-war and global justice movements, peer production, user created TV and Twitter activism.
Dr Hands, Senior Lecturer in Communication, Film and Media, said of the events in North Africa and the Middle East:
Dr Parikka, reader in Media Theory and History at Anglia Ruskin and Director of CoDE, has recently published Insect Media, in which he analyses how insect forms of social organisation—swarms, hives, webs, and distributed intelligence—have been used to structure modern media technologies and the network society, providing a radical new perspective on the interconnection of biology and technology.
Explaining how digital network societies operate, Dr Parikka said: