Media@Sydney Webinar: Revitalizing Social Theory for the Age of Data Colonialism
Revitalizing Social Theory for the Age of Data Colonialism
In this talk, Nick Couldry will reflect on what he has been working on since his last talk at University of Sydney in April 2016, ‘The Price of Connection’. The talk will draw out some implications for social theory of his last two co-authored books: The Costs of Connection (with Ulises Mejias, 2019) and The Mediated Construction of Reality (with Andreas Hepp, 2016). How can social theory be useful in an age of what he and Ulises Mejias have called ‘data colonialism’? What does it mean to say that contemporary capitalism is marked not just by labor relations but also data relations? What is happening to social space and social order in an era of digital platforms? What are the implications of data collection for the very basis of the self and freedom?
Nick Couldry is a sociologist of media and culture. He is Professor of Media Communications and Social Theory at the London School of Economics and Political Science, and in since 2017 also a Faculty Associate at Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society. He is the author or editor of fifteen books including The Mediated Construction of Reality (with Andreas Hepp, Polity, 2016), Media, Society, World: Social Theory and Digital Media Practice (Polity 2012) and Why Voice Matters (Sage 2010). His latest books are The Costs of Connection: How Data is Colonizing Human Life and Appropriating Life for Capitalism (with Ulises Mejias: Stanford UP, 2019), Media: Why It Matters (Polity: 2019) and Media, Voice, Space and Power: Essays of Refraction (Routledge 2021). Nick is also the co-founder of the Tierra Común network of scholars and activists and of the European Media Salon.
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