Jesper Tække

Social media and (dis)connectivity

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The paper discuss the relation between media of communication and societal
(dis)connectivity. The question is how communication media provide society with
different possibilities for (dis)connectivity in different historical media societies. The
paper draws on Luhmann’s theory of social systems and his theory of
communication media in a synthesis with Medium Theory (especially Meyrowitz).
As a starting point the acquisition of oral language made communicative connections
and thereby society possible. Later the media of writing, print and analogue
electronic media meant new possibilities for social systems to develop structures
with new forms of communicative connections. Even though society only is possible
because of communication media and gets new possibilities for the formation of new
structures providing it with new connection possibilities, in the beginning a new
communication medium means problems and dis-connectivity. After the
introduction of the printing press in Europe great disagreement of interpretation
broke out and wars raged the continent for the next centuries. Later with the
invention of radio and film dictators, especially Hitler, benefitted of the new medium
situation. In the present society we also see signs of new dis-connectivity, i.e. fake
news, political polarization, and economic and democratic inequality. In the final
section the paper analyse such problems triggered by digital media. Also the paper
point out some new possibilities triggered by the acquisition of social media,
pointing toward more social connectivity and less social dis-connectivity.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
Udgivelsesår30 nov. 2017
Antal sider23
StatusUdgivet - 30 nov. 2017
BegivenhedThe politics of (dis)connectivity: SDC-workshop on systems theory and (dis)connections - : SDC Building, Eastern Yanqihu campus, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, 380 Huaibeizhuang, Huairou district, Beijing 北京市怀柔区怀北镇怀北庄380号中国科学院大学雁栖湖校区东区中丹中心大楼, Beijing, Kina
Varighed: 29 nov. 20171 dec. 2017
Konferencens nummer: 1

Konference

KonferenceThe politics of (dis)connectivity
Nummer1
Lokation: SDC Building, Eastern Yanqihu campus, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, 380 Huaibeizhuang, Huairou district, Beijing 北京市怀柔区怀北镇怀北庄380号中国科学院大学雁栖湖校区东区中丹中心大楼
LandKina
ByBeijing
Periode29/11/201701/12/2017

Bibliografisk note

abstract peer reviewed

    Forskningsområder

  • medier , evolution, digitale medier, sociale medier, samfundsudvikling

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