The 2nd Media Age is characterized by the decline of mass media and the rise of social or connective or spreadable media. We no longer talk of a m’mass society’ or even an ‘information society, but of a ‘network society’. Networks have become the nervous system of our society, a vast new communication infrastructure whose design and potential are transforming all aspects of social life, from the drastic redistribution of power and knowledge to the radical refashioning of socio-economic action, cultural interaction and inter-personal relations. Τhe course focuses on the historical and critical analysis of the emergence of social media, and employs a wide range of case-studies and ethnographic material to investigate how the connectivity culture of Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and the many other platforms of the social media ecosystem is producing a new anthropological condition.
- Understand the core concepts and theories of network society and social media
- Explore the technical, social, economic and cultural aspects and potential of social media
- Awareness of the features and dimensions of connectivity culture as an ongoing techno-social construction
- Appreciation of the anthropological transformation produced by the social media ecosystem
- Define the core concepts and theories of network society and social media
- Explain the transformative social dynamics and potential of social media
- Identify the techno-social nexus underlying connectivity culture
- Critically analyze contemporary sociality/subjectivity as produced by the social media ecosystem
Lectures, in-class presentations, independent study, written assignments.
|Type of work
|Lectures||Thirteen 3-hours lectures||39|
|Independent study||Study of class materials and readings||50-60|
|Readings presentation||Presenting & leading a discussion on a given topic||25-30|
|In-class presentation||Conference type presentation of final paper||15-20|
|Final paper||Research essay (5.000 words)||110-120|
|Type of assessment
||Impact on final grade
||Date of assessment
|Participation in group discussion||1-3||10%||On a regular basis|
|Reading presentation||1-2||20%||On a regular basis|
|Written assignment (final paper)||2-4||60%||14th week|
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