Please join students and faculty for an intellectual exchange between Professor Nick Couldry and Professor Sarah Banet-Weiser on their new books Media, Society, World: Social Theory and Digital Media Practice and Authentic™, about cultural categories, rituals, and media as social form. Professor Couldry will draw out some themes from his book in the discussion.
Themes from Media, Society, World: Social Theory and Digital Media Practice: Today we face many, overlapping uncertainties. Whether we work in 'media' industries or research them, uncertainties arise about what are media; what we do with media; the continued economic viability and social/political status of media institutions; and media’s spatial and ethical consequences. Against this fast-changing background, what is the contribution of social theory to understanding the social transformations that the digital media explosion is generating? What type of social theory do we need, and is it the social theory that is usually on offer?
Couldry is Professor of Media and Communications at Goldsmiths, University of London, Director of the Centre for the study of Global Media and Democracy and joint chair of the Department of Media and Communications. He is the author or editor of ten books
including most recently, Media, Society, World: Social Theory and Digital Media Practice (Polity 2012) and Why Voice Matters: Culture and Politics After Neoliberalism (Sage 2010).