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Socy 284 week 1

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Queen's University
SOCY 284
Ryan Martin

Socy 284:Sociology of Information and Communication Technology Mac Corry D259 Thurs sept 19 @ 5:30 in dunning 11 September 11 2013 What is this course about?  The social, cultural and political aspects of a range if ICTs  The role of the digital revolution in facilitation new ways of thinking about social, cultural and political arrangement and identities  The variable and contested nature of technologically mediates social, cultural and political change  How key theoretical debates in this field raise important questions for social and cultural analysis more generally September 13 2013 What are ICTs, new media and Digital media? ICTs are information and communication technologies  What can we include in this?  Alphabet, books, telegraphs, gramophones, typewriters, telephones, radio, televisions, computers, iPod, tablets New Media  New or Novel? Is the iPhone 5 new?  It I just not enough to simply take some ones word on how much better something is, however in reality new technology is being so slightly changes  Convergence—convergence of things that are already made  Old media is one to many, so the 6 o’clock news  New media, the consumer has a much different relationship with media, instead of one to many, it is many to many, like the web where we are all sending multiple things, to multiple people at once  New media is not only about the new devices, but the content that is being mass produces, and distributed so easily and frequently How does this change society?  Devices that extend communication abilities, we can talk to anyone at any point during the day  The social arrangements and organization that for around them, things like networking Analogue/ Digital Media  Analogue media is fixed in time, it will never change, like a printed book  Digital media is different because anything Is turned into a digital code, it is a numerical representation using binary digits  Digital information is programmable, alterable, compressed, and decompressed or manipulated. Digital media is not as reliable anymore because there is instability of the code, and people can intervene and change things  Digital media lends itself to being networked, interactive, hyper-mediated, automated and database  Digital media also “remediate” older media forms- digital television and online news Why should we care about technology in sociology?  Changes in technology have a huge impact on the way we do everything, and how we get along in society depends on what types of technologies we have  We can not know about things, unless we have a certain type of technology  Knowledge, organization, and social change are changed in sociotechnical systems alter what is possible to know, remember and communicate  Social and personal relations: social relations are mediated by technologies from the letter and telegram to the tagged photo and the text message  We cannot have these social relationships with some people without technologies, the only way to contact people used to be a letter  Does society shape technology? Are specific technologies developed in the contest of social values and interest?  Maybe technology is the product of social change, because technology is developed my society, and we make and shape what technologies we want and want to develop Has there been a digital revolution? The pervasiveness of ICTs  The Internet is the fabric of our lives  If information technology is the present day equivalent of electricity in the industrial era, in our age the internet could be likened to both the electrical grid and the electric engine because of its ability to distribute the power of information throughout the entire realm of human activity  Yes there has been one Industrial Revolution  Transformation or organization, work, family, communication, social solidarity, identity and so on  The associated changes in health, literacy, education and consumption  What happens when we get new technologies and energies? New work, new cities, prisons, schools, hospitals  This is only possible because of new technologies  This is the same things that’s happening now , because new technologies are everywhere and are effecting everything we do A Similar transformation underway  Core economic, social, political, and cultural activities throughout the planter at being structured by and around the Internet, and other computer networks  In fact, exclusion from these networks is one of the most damaging forms of exclusion in our economy and in our culture History  Over the past 20 years or so, there is a sense that we have been going through particularly rapid and intensive change – a period without precedent in scale, scope, and speed of historical transformation.  The single most important factor in this is thought to be the information technology revolution.  It is mistakenly thought that in many ways everything that has occurred before is increasingly irrelevant. Some wa
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