Politics of Digital Media
The Women’s and Gender Studies and Digital Media Services at the University of the
Overview of presentations:
The Politics of Representation in the Digital Revolution: A critical look at gender, race, and class within sociable media of YouTube, Blogs, and other Information Communication Technologies.
Dr. Megan Boler,
Women and other marginalised groups are consistently underrepresented in public sphere and positions of power, and have historically been denied access to voice and self-representation with a media climate largely owned and produced by elite and traditionally male power-blocs. Since the late 1990s the “digital media revolution" markets the new "democratisation of access” to the Internet, and claims we can transcend differences of gender, race, and class within online communities and web-based spaces. In this discussion we will examine the hypes and hopes in contrast to the actualities: To what extent has this “digital revolution” increased access to production and distribution for women, people of color, and people from poor and working class backgrounds?
Even when we do find increased access (despite the reality of the digital divide), to what extent has increased self-representation within digital media communications (social networks such as Facebook, independently produced videos posted to YouTube, blogging) changed stereotyped representations of gender, sexual difference, and/or race within web-based digital media communications?
Megan Boler is Professor and Associate Chair of the Department of Theory and Policy Studies, at the Ontario Institute of Studies in Education at the
My Digital Storytelling Journey
Andre Daniels, Digital Media Services, UWC
This presentation will focus on my introduction to this form of media production, some of the challenges we face conducting workshops on the African continent and my own experience with telling personal stories.
The presentation speaks to the issues of what kinds of uses of the internet are being engaged and by whom (who has digital access, etc)--this would include digital storytelling as well as blogging, facebook type social networking, uses of YouTube etc, and other indy media production
Andre Daniels is a UWC Science graduate who grew up on the
Date: 31 October 2008
Time: 13h00 – 14h30
RSVP: Charlene Taillard, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, tel: 021 959 2234
Dr. Megan Boler,
Andre Daniels, Director, Digital Media Services, UWC