Each of the four departments in the School of Communication has come together to present a week of engagement around contemporary communication issues. Communication Week is a time to celebrate, be inspired by, learn about, and better prepare oneself for work in or related to a Communication discipline.
Each of the departments in the School of Communication has programmed events that invite its students, other students, Emerson alumni, and guests to participate in sessions, hear inspiring and well connected speakers, and network. The events are open to all majors.
“I hope you can find time to attend many of the events—even those not seemingly in your own area of interest. I believe you will find that these events provide stimuli and connection that align you with Emerson’s motto: 'Bringing Innovation to Communication and the Arts.'”
Communication Week is offered to the Emerson College community and alumni. For public inquiries, please contact Diego_Salazar@emerson.edu.
Is the Internet making us stupid?
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Knowledge in the Age of the Net
Most of us don't need scientific studies to convince us that the Internet is shortening our students' attention span, weakening their memory, and making them more impatient with long chains of thought. In fact, many of us see those effects in ourselves. And yet as teachers and researchers, we would not give up the Internet. We are far more productive and, yes, smarter with it than without it.
This open discussion will begin with a brief presentation by David Weinberger — part-time faculty at Emerson and the author of Too Big to Know — that will provide a possible framework for thinking about this seeming contradiction: we are moving from knowing-by-reducing to the networking of knowledge.
Then we'll break into groups to discuss how we see knowledge evolving in our lives as educators, researchers, and creators.
David has been a researcher at Harvard's Berkman Center for the Internet & Society for ten years and is a Fellow at the Shorenstein Center for Media, Politics and Public Policy.
This event is not open to the public.
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