Lecture looks at love, sex, death in media life

deuzeThe Thomas Scheidel Lecture will feature Mark Deuze from Indiana University speaking on “The experience of love, sex and death in a media life” on Wednesday, April 13 at 3:30 p.m. in CMU 120.

Research since the early 21st century shows how, through the years, more of our time is spent using media, how being concurrently exposed to media has become a foundational feature of everyday life, and that consuming media for most people takes place alongside producing media. Contemporary devices, what people do with them, and how this fits in the organization of our everyday life disrupt and unsettle established views of the role media play in society.

Instead of continuing to wrestle with a distinction between media and society, this presentation proposes we begin our thinking with a view of life not lived with media, but in media. The media life perspective uses the way media function
today as a prism to understand key issues in contemporary society, where reality is open source, identities are — like websites — always under construction, and where private life is lived in public forever more.

Mark Deuze holds a joint appointment as an Associate Professor of Telecommunications at Indiana University in Bloomington, United States, and as Professor of Journalism and New Media at Leiden University, The Netherlands.

Publications of his work include seven books — including Media Work (Polity Press, 2007), Managing Media Work (Sage Publishers, 2010), and Media Life (Polity Press, forthcoming 2011), guest co-edited special issues of journals on convergence culture (with Henry Jenkins: Convergence, 2008; with John Banks: International Journal of Cultural Studies, 2009), and articles in academic journals such as The Information Society, New Media & Society, and Media Culture & Society. Mark is an editorial board member of nine international academic journals.