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'Universities should lead the way in celebrating global cultures' international media conference is told

Media, Communication and Humanity conference logoGlobal media culture is changing, and new cultural practices where the ordinary individual is the consumer, distributor and creator - for example YouTube, are emerging. Universities should embrace these new 'global cultures', leading the way in celebrating what is on offer, said Professor Mark Poster at the opening of the Media, Communication and Humanity conference at LSE.

Held to celebrate the fifth year of the School's Media and Communications Department, the two day conference encourages critical perspectives asking, how does today's media and communication environment - press, broadcast and internet - shape our perceptions of the human condition?

Photograph of Professor Mark PosterOpening the conference, Professor Mark Poster (pictured right), University of California, Irvine and LSE Centennial Professor asked what questions are relevant to the examination of global media culture? He noted that modern cultural industries are finding it hard to cope with developments in media culture because billions of texts are being shared, and users are inventing new ways of packaging their content, thereby extending their freedoms and circumventing copyright restrictions.

Other speakers included:

  • Professor Sandra Ball-Rokeach, University of Southern California, who stressed the importance of civic engagement and building story-telling networks among community/non-profit organizations, geo-ethnic media and local residents
  • Professor John Downing, University of Southern Illinois, who called for a radical media education programme encouraging constructive interactions among media analysts, media activists, media artists, media professions and policy-makers
  • Professor Carolyn Marvin, University of Pennsylvania, who profiled how material and symbolic space in Lhasa, Tibet is indicative of the multi-dimensional tensions between the Chinese government and the Tibetan people
  • Dr Natalie Fenton, Goldsmiths College London, who highlighted power and agency and the commitment of the speakers to the role of the media in social change.


The Department of Media and Communications is home to the think tank POLIS|- which hosts many events throughout the year relating to this conference theme.

The Department's Centennial Professor's lecture, with Professor Mark Poster, entitled From Digital to Analogue: copyright law as a threat to capitalism and democracy is on Monday 13 October, 6.30-8pm, New Theatre, East Building.


For more information contact Professor Robin Mansell, head of Department of Media and Communications, by emailing r.e.mansell@lse.ac.uk| or calling 07802 442251.

23 September 2008