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Digital Natives and Dead Trees: The Future of Reading, Why We’ve Been Worrying about the Wrong Things, and What We Should Be Worried About

Title
Digital Natives and Dead Trees: The Future of Reading, Why We’ve Been Worrying about the Wrong Things, and What We Should Be Worried About
Speaker(s)
Speaker: Professor Wendy Griswold # Northwestern University; Introduced by: Dr Angelica Thumala # University of Edinburgh; Hosted by: Sociology # University of Edinburgh
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Date and Time
26th Oct 2016 11:00 - 26th Oct 2016 12:00
Location
1st floor practice suite (CMB 1.12)
URL
http://www.sociology.ed.ac.uk/events2/seminar_series/2016_2017/digital_natives_and_dead_trees_the_future_of_reading,_why_weve_been_worrying_about_the_wrong_things,_and_what_we_should_be_worried_about

For two decades scholars and the media have projected a future of digital dominance and the death of reading, but as cultural analysts, we should be skeptical of such proclamations.  Neither the technological determinism of the former projection nor the revolutionary cultural shift of the latter is warranted. The empirical evidence for this skepticism comes from multiple focus groups on reading and digital media practices of highly educated youth in Botswana, China (Beijing and Hong Kong), Ghana, Kyrgyzstan, Malawi, Nigeria, Poland, South Africa, Spain and the United States.  This paper lays out the findings in terms of the connection between reading practices and the social imagination.

An afternoon workshop with Professor Griswold is organised for PG students and staff: 

"Research design and methods for cultural analysis" 

3-5pm

1.416 Teaching Room 9 - Doorway 3

Medical School

Teviot Place

Free registration: 

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/research-design-and-methods-for-cultural-analysis-workshop-with-professor-wendy-griswold-tickets-28606770621

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