[csaa-forum] Nick Couldry, 'The Price of Connection', Tues 12 April, USYD, 6pm

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Professor Nick Couldry


The Price of Connection

Professor Nick Couldry, London School of Economics and Political Science

Co-presented with the Department of Media and Communications <http://sydney.edu.au/arts/media_communications/> and the Sydney Democracy Network<http://sydneydemocracynetwork.org/>

In earlier modernity the infrastructures of communication required for an expanding economy and society remained tied to national boundaries and broadly compatible with the values on which democracy was based. In late modernity, globalisation challenged nation-state boundaries, but not yet the values underlying democratic governance.

But the era of late late modernity - characterised by the embedding of internet-based connectivity into action at all levels and scales - creates conditions incompatible with freedom, a value generally regarded as essential to the quality of human life, and democratic capabilities in particular.

The internet involves the connectability of all points in space-time, which become points in an unlimited information-space. This generates a two-way bargain: if every point in information-space is connectable to every other, then it becomes susceptible to monitoring from every other point.

Meanwhile, the resulting ease of information production generates an information excess which makes targeted communication ever more difficult. In response, business and government are constructing a social world based on the permanent monitoring of all actors and the processing of the resulting data.

But such generalised surveillance is incompatible with the personal autonomy required for democratic agency.  The result is an impending crisis in democratic norms from which we do not yet know how to escape.

Professor Nick Couldry is a sociologist of media and culture. He is Professor of Media Communications and Social Theory, and Head of the Department of Media and Communications, at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is the author or editor of twelve books including most recently The Mediated Construction of Reality (with Andreas Hepp, forthcoming 2016), Ethics of Media  (2013 coedited with Mirca Madianou and Amit Pinchevski), Media, Society, World: Social Theory and Digital Media Practice (2012) and Why Voice Matters: Culture and Politics After Neoliberalism (2010).

Tuesday 12 April, 2016
Law School Foyer
Level 2, Sydney Law School
Eastern Avenue
The University of Sydney


Free event with online registration requested. Please click here<http://sydney.edu.au/sydney_ideas/lectures/2016/professor_nick_couldry.shtml> for the registration page.

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