Tuesday 1st February
‘The new ecology of information: how social media challenges the university’
Note: in ETG10 (Ellen Terry Building)
This presentation surveys recent changes in media, brought on by developments in the World Wide Web, to consider their impact on established sources of information. Of particular concern is how the rise of social media – and the way in which all media have become social media – has dramatically altered the “new media skills” producers of information need to practice. The argument will set these concerns in the context of the challenge for the modern university, looking at the impact on both teaching and research. Given the prominence now being accorded “impact” in the audit of UK academic research, the presentation will consider what these “new media skills” might mean for the creation and circulation of critical work emanating from the university.