Wed. October 19th, 7PM
FAMU, Smetanovo náb. 2
Room U1, 1. floor.
Přednáška je v angličtině.
Who are the internet users, what are their intentions, goals and strategies? Is avoiding the internet irrational? Why is the concept of “digital generation” misleading? Internet is such a complex technological system that any attempt to define it is necessarily and severely reductive. The lecture will introduce three such reductive models – conceptions related to the expansion of computer networks, understanding the internet as a conformist practice within the global virtual space, and the normative understanding of the internet as a technology privately owned and used by everyone. The lecture will point out the limits of our imagination of different social worlds and the colonization of both our present and future.
Petr Lupač is a member of the Department of Sociology, Faculty of Arts, Charles University in Prague. He focuses on general sociology, sociology of mass and new media, sociology of science and technology. He recently published a book on the “digital divide” that deals with the question whether the internet non-users are disadvantaged in contemporary societies and face the risk of being socially excluded.