Revolutionary Horizons: Debating the democratic potential of the Internet

Friday, April 12, 2013 - 23:00

The role of the Internet and social media in recent global uprisings has received much attention. Popular claims that the internet and social media are revolutionary tools for social change are frequently countered by charges of ‘slacktivism’. Jodi Dean and Andrew Feenberg are two critical theorists who have contributed much to developing highly enlightening but distinct perspectives on the relationship between networked technology and politics. This FREE event will bring these two esteemed scholars together to debate how we can best understand the role of the internet in shaping the possibilities and limitations of collective action today. 

Organized as a part of the CounterCulture Speaker Series run by the Media Democracy Project, School of Communication and the SFU Institute for the Humanities.

 

Cost: FREE!

Info:  www.mediademocracydays.org

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/// Programme ///

The Debate: Jodi Dean & Andrew Feenberg

Each debater will have 15 minutes to present their arguments. Each debater will then have 10 minutes to respond to their counterpart’s arguments. The moderator will then ask a few questions to both debaters (roughly 10 minutes). Finally, the audience will be invited to ask questions.

 

/// Speaker Bios ///

Jodi Dean is Professor of Political Science at Hobart and William Smith Colleges where she teaches political theory, and Erasmus Professor of the Humanities in the Faculty of Philosophy at Erasmus University. Dr. Dean has also edited several books including Reformatting Politics: Information Technology and Global Civil Society (2006). 

Andrew Feenberg is Canada Research Chair in Philosophy of Technology in the School of Communication, Simon Fraser University, where he directs the Applied Communication and Technology Lab. In addition to his work on critical theory and philosophy of technology, Dr. Feenberg is also recognized as an early innovator in the field of online education, a field he helped to create in 1982.

SFU Vancouver, Fletcher Challenge Theatre (Room #1900)
515 West Hastings Street
Vancouver , BC
Canada
49° 17' 2.9976" N, 123° 6' 43.524" W
British Columbia CA
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