Sunday, 7 March 2010

Digital Utopias and the Individual

One of themes of Monday’s seminar might be the atomisation of society post the digital revolution. The power of the individual consumer has been enhanced following the growth of the internet. As a consequence the ‘public sphere’ has become fragmented. Does this diminish the potential for a future utopian society? Alternatively, could social media and the internet endow individuals with the ability to create their own utopias?

In this regard I've found two pieces, not on the reading list, which might be worth reading/listening to. Both are free and available online:

http://www.lrb.co.uk/v31/n10/david-runciman/like-boiling-a-frog

http://www.thersa.org/events/audio-and-past-events/2010/fun-inc.-why-games-are-the-21st-centurys-most-serious-business

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