The Impact of the Use of Digital Media in Social Life

Tuesday, 12 July 2016: 14:15-15:45
Location: Seminar 34 (Juridicum)
RC36 Alienation Theory and Research (host committee)

Language: English

This session aims to provide a forum of discussions about the consequences of the growing use of the Internet in everyday life. In this new social scenario arise new forms of socialization, personal interactions, political organization, among other deep changes. Research about the uses of digital media can also contribute to reevaluate old theoretical frameworks that now present their limits.
The session welcomes a wide range of researches like those that question among several other subjects:

  • the distinction public-private in an online/offline continuum; 
  • how technology changes people’s subjectivities; 
  • how the use of the Internet promotes new kinds of affiliation and communities based on an increased segmentation of interests; 
  • what these changes create in terms of political expression and reorganization of social movements; 
  • how the search for love and/or sexual partners through the use of websites and apps change intimacy and current visions about love and commitment.

The uses of digital media brought new themes for social research, the rediscussion of theoretical and conceptual frameworks and, last but not at least, the need to reflect upon the new methodological challenges and the ethical aspects concerning them.

Session Organizer:
Richard MISKOLCI, UFSCar - Federal University of Sao Carlos, Brazil
The Possibility of Aristotelian Friendship in Digital Public Spheres and Social Media
Tyler PECKIO, City University of New York, Graduate Center, USA
Intimization of Public
Lisa WALDENBURGER, Foeg - Forschungsinstitut Öffentlichkeit und Gesellschaft, Switzerland; Christian CASPAR, Foeg - Forschungsinstitut Öffentlichkeit und Gesellschaft, Switzerland
Under the Eyes of Big Brother: Risks and Uncertainties in Using Facebook As a Plataform of Political Activism
Jorge MACHADO, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil; Marcio MORETTO, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil