Media Life @IU Sociology

Since Fall 2009 I am taking the research and book project Media Life on the road (for dates and places, see an earlier timeline). I'll be presenting our work-in-progress at guest lectures and talks, and my fellow researchers - graduate students Laura Speers and Peter Blank - will do so at conferences, for example at the 2010 ICA annual conference in Singapore (where I'm really excited to report that our paper was accepted for presentation by the Philosophy of Communication division).

On Friday January 29, I have the honor of presenting this work-in-progress at Indiana University's Department of Sociology.

The talk is part of the Politics, Economy, and Culture Workshop (PEC), and is scheduled from 12:00-1:30 in room 100 of the Karl Schuessler Institute for Social Research.

If you are around and have time, or know of colleagues and/or students who might be interested, it would be great to see you there. feel free to forward this announcement!

The working paper, co-authored with Peter Blank and Laura Speers, can be downloaded from IU ScholarWorks.

The Media Life slideshow is archived at Slideshare.

In conclusion, let me quote from a front page story in the New York Times today (January 20, 2010), which really captures the media life perspective in a nutshell:
Dr. Michael Rich, a pediatrician at Children's Hospital Boston who directs the Center on Media and Child Health, said that with media use so ubiquitous, it was time to stop arguing over whether it was good or bad and accept it as part of children’s environment, "like the air they breathe, the water they drink and the food they eat."