Are we facing communications overload?

Posted by mjs76 at May 21, 2012 10:45 AM |
Public lecture by sociologist-turned-computer-scientist, 23 May.

Richard Harper, Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research in Cambridge, presents the next public lecture in the ‘Connected Worlds’ series of talks organised by our IT Services.

Before joining Microsoft, Harper trained as a sociologist, then led various technology companies and was the UK’s first Professor of Socio-Digital Systems, at the University of Surrey. In his lecture, 'Creative Selves, Creative Expression: Relationships and Identity in an Age of Communications Abundance', he will explore the use of new and old communications media: Twitter, Facebook, instant messaging, phone calls and traditional letters.

He will suggest that one should not view the proliferation of such media as creating communication overload, and that a better approach is to think of our rich communication media as being the means through which a texture to human relationships and individual identity is created.

Richard HR Harper is the author of ten books including The Myth of the Paperless Office and Texture: Human Expression in the Age of Communications Overload which was named 'Book of the Year' by the Association of Internet Researchers.

The talk, which is free and open to the public, will take place this Wednesday, 23 May 2012, at 5.30pm in the Frank and Katherine May Lecture Theatre, in the Henry Wellcome Building.

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