Each of the departments in the School of Communication has programmed events that invite its students, Emerson alumni, and guests to participate in sessions, hear inspiring and well connected speakers, and network. The events are open to all majors.
Events in April 2015
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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