In less than a decade, social media platforms such as Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and LinkedIn have come to deeply penetrate our daily habits of communication and socializing. While most sites started out as amateur-driven community platforms, virtually all have turned into large corporations that do not just facilitate global connections, but have become global data mining companies.
This lecture, by Professor José van Dijck, will reflect on how social media have become normalized in everyday life: what has become the meaning of social activities such as 'sharing', 'liking', 'following' and 'trending' in a world dominated by Facebook and Twitter? And what are the implications of the fact that large portions of everyday life are increasingly commercialized and engineered through social media?
To find out more, and to reserve your place, for the free event taking place from 17:30 on Monday 28 April 2014 at Wolfson College, visit the Foundation for Law, Justice and Society website.
Hidden Glory: Dorothy Hodgkin in her own words
Filmed performance of a short, one-woman play about the life and work of the Nobel prizewinning scientist and Somerville fellow, followed by Q&A with the playwright Georgina Ferry.
Taking place from 17:00 to 18:00 on Wednesday 7 May 2014, this free event is being held by Somerville College to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the award of the Nobel Prize to Dorothy Hodgkin.
If you would like to attend this event, booking is recommended.
Tackling educational inequality
Are you passionate about education and the issues surrounding it in the UK?
The first Oxford Education Conference is committed to supporting and developing student's understanding of educational issues in the city and promoting lifelong engagement with education. If you would like to help run the event, taking place in 2nd week of Trinity term, email the conference team.
Event: make: Video. A Greenland adventure
Four Earth Sciences undergraduates spent six weeks living alongside an Igaliku community in Greenland while undertaking scientific research. They created a short documentary and featured the project in a live blog feed to inspire young people to take up scientific exploration in the field.
A social media presence can also be vital in engaging sponsors. Working in a remote environment is a challenge; Anna Bidgood and Eleni Wood will reflect on their experiences.
Taking place from 12:30 on Tuesday 06 May 2014, this one hour talk will take place at IT Services, 13 Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 6NN. If you have a question about this talk, please contact David Baker.