Our lab studies how media is (and can be) used to transform individuals, communities and systems.
lthough media has been engaging and inspiring audiences throughout its history, new information and communication technologies have opened up a whole new set of opportunities for media to serve as an agent for social change. Companies such as Participant Media now create “specific social action campaigns for each film and documentary designed to give a voice to issues that resonate in the films” and activists are using the internet to spawn “twitter revolutions” all over the world. This is a relatively new field and little academic work has been done in this area. Our lab studies the potential and application of these technologies and their implications for civic action and social change.
Types of Transformation
- Representational: Media explicate transformation
- Instrumental: Media facilitate transformation
- Constitutive: Media as agent of transformation
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