Ve středu 22. května v rámci Josefova cyklu přednášek TL;DR tj. od 15:00 v místnosti č. 2067 vystoupí jako zahraniční host Jon W. Anderson, můžete se těšit na přednášku s názvem Towards Better Sociology for Social Media.

This lecture was supported by the European Regional Development Fund-Project „Creativity and Adaptability as Conditions of the Success of Europe in an Interrelated World“ (No. CZ.02.1.01/0.0/0.0/16_019/0000734).

Concepts and theories of media originally developed for mass media treat social and linguistic data as „externalities“ to communication conceived as message-passing and channel effects rendered as „impacts“ on how and what media communicate. Clearly, social media expand the public sphere, but how precisely? Recent shifts toward focusing on media practices incorporate additional data about media consumption and media production but do not adequately unite them because they do not go far enough toward grasping (a) how social media are interactive and (b) how – or steps in which – public spheres emerge around as well as through that interaction. This talk addresses three related issues: How to identify more interactive features of social media. What sociologies and language practices capture those features as endogenous properties of communication generally and social media specifically. And how a richer sociology (or thicker description) of social media might render a more stratified view of public sphere(s) that correspond to their variable, often problematic, reality and how they emerge under current conditions of at once globalizing and localizing media?


Dr. Anderson has done research on tribalism in Afghanistan, Islamic cosmology in Pakistan, Catholics in the Bible Belt South, and more recently on the information revolution in the Middle East, where he has studied Internet pioneering in Jordan, Egypt, Syria, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar. He has lectured widely — recently at the universities of Westminster and Durham in the UK, Lund in Sweden, Lyon in France, Charles University in the Czech Republic, MIT, Stanford, UCLA, George Washington, and Georgetown, where he was co-director of the Arab Information Project of the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies. His current interests are civil society, cyberculture, and globalization in the Internet age, which are reflected in a keynote address on Blogging, Networked Publics and the Politics of Communication for a symposium of the University of Arizona School of Journalism.