On November 24, 3 PM Professor Jan van Dijk, University of Twente, the Netherlands will give an online lecture for staff of Vilnius University.
Jan van Dijk (emeritus professor) still has an appointment at the University of Twente, Department of Communication. In the 1980s he started to investigate ICTs and coined the concept Network Society according to Wikipedia. His main-known book The Network Society (1991/2020) has now four English and three Chinese editions. Some other books are called Digital Democracy (2000), ICTs in Organizations (2005), The Deepening Divide (2005), Digital Skills (2014), Internet and Democracy in the Network Society and The Digital Divide (2020). Since 1995 van Dijk is adviser of the European Commission and several governments in the world on policy aspects of ICTs.
Lecture's topic: The Network Society and Communication Research. The lecture will address the question of what the network society and the rise of the digital media means for communication research. Which research perspectives, questions and strategies will prevail? In the most timely manner imaginable he will often discuss the ongoing Corona-crisis as a splendid, be it unwanted demonstration of the network society in action. Mean items to be covered:
- The growth of social inequality (a digital divide reinforcing inequality)
- The promises and achievements of digital democracy
- The positive and negative aspects of the social media
- The instability of the network society
- Trends of daily digital media use
- Perspectives and research strategies needed for communication research
Link to online lecture: https://tinyurl.com/y6sl9j9s