Choose 1 of the following 9 topics. Between 2000-2500 words.
1. In Manuel Castells’s The Network Society he claims we have moved into a new ‘mode of development’ called informationalism. What does this mean, and is it a persuasive argument?
2. Some worry that the commodification of knowledge and information, and the pressures to develop increasingly stringent laws and rules on intellectual property threatens to push us into ‘information feudalism’. Discuss.
3. What are the implications of media industry convergence for our global digital culture?
4. To what extent do new ICTs and social media platforms provide for a ‘participatory media’ experience?
5. Can mobile telephony help to reduce the digital divide? Why or why not?
6. What are the dangers and potential benefits of the surveillance society? Can we preserve a sense of privacy in this emerging world and if we can’t, what might replace our old expectations about privacy?
7. How might new ICTs provide an opportunity to transform existing power structures both in Canada and globally? What do you think these new digital technologies mean for politics generally?
8. How does social media impact the development of personal identity and sense of self in contemporary society?
9. What does ‘community’ mean in the context of a digital culture and how do social media platforms help sustain or undermine social bonds in contemporary society?