Today we are in the middle of a new media revolution. We are at least witnessing, if not directly experiencing, the shift of all culture to computer-mediated forms of production, distribution, and communication. According to Lev Manovich, the author of The Language of New Media (2002), compared to the previous revolutions, this new one is more profound. The introduction of the printing press in the fifteenth century and photography in the nineteenth century indeed brought revolutionary impacts on the development of modern society and culture. However, these previous revolutions affected only one stage of cultural communication. While the impact of the introduction of the printing press only dealt with the distribution of media, the impact of the introduction of photography dealt with still images only. In contrast, the computer media revolution affects all stages of communication, including acquisition, manipulation, storage, and distribution. It also affects all types of media, i.e., texts, still images, moving images, sound, and spatial constructions (Manovich, 2002). In short, the presence of new media is reshaping our social landscape.
According to Sonia Livingstone, the author of Handbook of New Media (2002), media are always embedded in a social landscape, which precedes, shapes, contextualizes and continues after any specific technological innovation. Therefore it is imperative to put new media into context, to locate them within the social landscape, and to map the changing media environment concerning the human activities which, in turn, structure that environment. It is such a dialectical framework of looking glass that enables us not to be trapped into any deterministic perspectives in discussing the relationship between technology and human beings.
Departing from such an understanding of new media and how it is reshaping our contemporary world, and how our way of living is, to some extent, prompting the technological innovation, this Conference invited scholars and graduate students who have a concern on this issue to take a part in it. This Conference acted as a forum in which scholars and graduate students from all corners of the world could share their ideas and research findings dealing with this very contemporary and global issue. This big topic can be formulated in the question as follows: How are new media reshaping the whole aspects of life of contemporary societies? What is meant by whole aspects of life may include arts, sports, politics, economy, scientific activities and inquiries, religion, communication, language, culture, etc. Participants may choose any of the aspects in line with his/her research interests.
Conference dates: 30–31 October 2018
Location: Yogyakarta, Graduate School of Universitas Gadjah Mada Jalan Teknika Utara, Pogung, Yogyakarta
Editors: Dr. Wening Udasmoro (Faculty of Cultural Sciences of Universitas Gadjah Mada); Associate Professor Goh Beng Lan (Southeast Asian Studies Programme, National University Of Singapore); Professor Ariel Heryanto (Monash University); and Dr. Zainal Abdin Bagir (Graduate School of Universitas Gadjah Mada)
Organizer: Graduate School of Universitas Gadjah Mada
Sponsor: Universitas Gadjah Mada, BNI 46, Bank Mandiri
Published: 4 August 2019