In this session I will provide a brief introduction to Science and Technology Studies and then illustrate these ideas through a discussion of ethnographic work around SingStar (a Karaoke based game) that I have been engaged with since March 2006.
The talk looks at the concept of friendship in an age of social
networks, especially in light of the idea of 'friends' in Facebook and
MySpace. Friendship has been an important theme in Jacques Derrida's
work throughout his career, especially in relation to death, mourning
and memory. In a late paper dedicated to his friend J Hillis Miller
Derrida playfully discusses the name concealed in Miller's initial and
invokes the many Josephs in literature. He suggests that 'Joseph is
anyone whatsoever. A pseudonym for anyone whatsoever. Me or the wholly
other'. This leads to a discussion of the Italian 'multiple name'
project 'Luther Blissett' in which anybody can be Luther Blissett, which
is seen as a response to an increasingly networked culture.
What is meant by “physical spectatorship” and “body horror”? This paper will consider different theories of affect and questions the limitations of different theoretical frameworks in relation to the study of affect, aesthetics, and sound
Practice as Research Seminar
This session will be useful for anyone interested in research methods for creative practitioners. Mary's will use a number of her recent interdisciplinary performance and technology projects as case studies with which to distinguish the differences between practice and practice-as-research. She will focus on planning, writing proposals, execution (specifically working in interdisciplinary teams) documentation and dissemination of PAR.
Mary Oliver has been a performance artist for almost 30 years working across the fields of theatre, music, fine art and creative technology. For over a decade she has focussed on the creation of digital performance works and has collaborated with animators, film-makers, composers, computer programmers and most recently with a cognitive psychologist on the creation of interactive performance works that often play with the humour of the human-technological interface. Mary is Reader in Performance, Head of the Performance Research Centre and is leading the development of Digital Performance Research at the new Digital Media Performance Lab at MCUK.
This talk examines audience and journalists' views of user-generated content. Researchers have investigated the production practices and journalistic cultures surrounding UGC, but have paid less attention to the audiences who produce and consume the content. My talk, based on a multi-method study of UGC at the BBC, seeks to fill this gap in knowledge to understand why audiences value particular forms of UGC and renounce others, and how audience perceptions differ from those of producers.
It focuses on why and how audiences value news-based UGC or audience content (in the form of images, footages and eyewitness accounts), which is perceived as authentic, immediate and ‘real’. This is contrasted with a dislike for audience comment, or opinion-based contributions, which is seen as ill-informed, repetitive and extremist. In comparison, BBC producers and journalists interviewed for the study are more concerned with UGC as a tool to supplement traditional news-gathering practices.
Ultimately, the talk highlights the importance of personalised story-telling as a counterweight to both journalistic impartiality and political talk, but also explores the limitations of this paradigm.
Karin Wahl-Jorgensen is a Reader at the Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies and external examiner for the MA Social Media. She is the author of Journalists and the Public (Hampton Press, 2007), co-author of Citizens or Consumers? (Open University Press, 2005, with Justin Lewis and Sanna Inthorn) and edited the Handbook of Journalism Studies (Routledge, 2009, with Thomas Hanitzsch), among other titles. In addition to writing several journal articles and book chapters about the user-generated content study, she is currently completing a co-authored volume on Disasters and the Media (Peter Lang, with Mervi Pantti and Simon Cottle) and gearing up to work on a book about emotions and mediated public participation.