Last week Dr. Derek Hyrnyshyn came to McMaster University to discuss the launch of his newest publication The Limits of the Digital Revolution: How Mass Media Culture Endures in a Social Media World.
In this examination of the politics of digital culture, Dr. Hrynyshyn explores the ways in which social media shapes popular culture and how social power is expressed through them. By examining social media in their historical context – of emergence in a mass mediated cultural system – he critiques the dominant image of social media as social equalizer. The book argues that social media do as much to reproduce social inequalities as they do to challenge them.
Sharing the stage with Dr. Hyrnyshrn were McMaster University’s Department of Communication Studies & Multimedia faculty members Dr. Sara Bannerman, Dr. Philip Savage, and Dr. Dilyana Mincheva, all of whom engaged in a conversation surrounding the liberating and confining capabilities of social media.
The Computable Self and the Politics of Data
10 March 2017
Keynote talk with Nora Young, host of CBC Radio program Spark
Friday, 10 March 2017
CIBC Hall, 3rd floor McMaster University Student Centre
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BOOK TALK: Marconi: The Man Who Networked the World
by Marc Raboy, Full Professor, Beaverbrook Chair in Ethics, Media and Communications, McGill University Department of Art History and Communication Studies
Friday March 24 2017
Location: Wilson Building (LRW), rm. 2001
Prof. Raboy will discuss his recently-published book, Marconi: The Man Who Networked the World (OUP, 2016), which has been short-listed for the Governor General’s Award for English-language non-fiction and short-listed for the RBC Taylor Prize. His book has been reviewed in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and Nature. It has been long-listed for the British Columbia National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction. It was listed by the National Post as one of the top 99 books of 2016, by Nature as one of the top 20 books of 2016, and is the subject of a CBC Ideas episode.
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