Thursday, April 30, 2009

Course Work Due 7th May 2009

A reminder to all Digital Cultures students.

Course work is due next Thursday the 7th of May 2009 by 16:00.

Please collect a coursework cover sheet from Clephan building. In the entrance foyer you'll see stands with coursework cover sheets. If there aren't any, just ask at the desk and someone there can help.

You'll need to fill in this coursework cover sheet and staple it to your essay. Then bring it all to the IOCT offices where you'll need to hand it in to Lisa McNicoll.

If you have any questions, just let me know.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Digital Citizenship: The Internet, Society and Participation

Students of the module might be interested in attending the seminar on "Digital Citizenship: The Internet, Society and Participation" by Karen Mossberger (Associate Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago).

The seminar will take place in room 5.6a of Bosworth House on Wednesday 6 May 2009 from 12.30 to 1.45pm. As in previous years, a buffet lunch is provided and all staff and postgraduate students are welcome to attend.

To book a place on this seminar, please contact Suzanne Walker or telephone Ext 7780.

Have a look at a book authored by Mossberger and collegues:

Book description:

"This analysis of how the ability to participate in society online affects political and economic opportunity and finds that technology use matters in wages and income and civic participation and voting.Just as education has promoted democracy and economic growth, the Internet has the potential to benefit society as a whole. Digital citizenship, or the ability to participate in society online, promotes social inclusion. But statistics show that significant segments of the population are still excluded from digital citizenship.The authors of this book define digital citizens as those who are online daily. By focusing on frequent use, they reconceptualize debates about the digital divide to include both the means and the skills to participate online. They offer new evidence (drawn from recent national opinion surveys and Current Population Surveys) that technology use matters for wages and income, and for civic engagement and voting."Digital Citizenship" examines three aspects of participation in society online: economic opportunity, democratic participation, and inclusion in prevailing forms of communication. The authors find that Internet use at work increases wages, with less-educated and minority workers receiving the greatest benefit, and that Internet use is significantly related to political participation, especially among the young. The authors examine in detail the gaps in technological access among minorities and the poor and predict that this digital inequality is not likely to disappear in the near future. Public policy, they argue, must address educational and technological disparities if we are to achieve full participation and citizenship in the twenty-first century."

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Lecture 11: Podcast Reply by Kieren Boddy

Hope you don't mind me, I thought I would reply to your questions, Jess, by another video podcast thing. I will stick the script I wrote on here later.