Does social media truly bring us together – or does it push us apart? In what ways has social media complicated our daily lives, even when it has brought positive changes and advantages? This FIG explores these questions and more in search of what it means to be human in an increasingly online age. Through an exploration of media (J201: Media and Society) and art (AAD 250: Art & Human Values), we will think about the future of creativity, humanity, and social interaction in relation to social media.
College Connections Faculty: Peter Alilunas
Peter Alilunas is an Assistant Professor of Cinema Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Oregon. A Pacific Northwest native, he is an expert on the history of the adult film industry, and particularly the period in which it transitioned from movie theaters to home video in the late 1970s. His 2016 book, Smutty Little Movies: The Creation and Regulation of Adult Video, is available from the University of California Press. His other interests include copyright law, histories of media technology, media regulation, and industry studies.
FIG Assistant: Bailey Jiminez
For your summer assignment, please watch the “Nosedive” episode of the Netflix series Black Mirror (season 3, episode 1), and read the pieces by Kate Murphy and Henry David Thoreau that are posted on the Canvas course site. Then, write a two-page response that puts all three in conversation with the FIG course title: (Anti)Social Media.
Week of Welcome FIG Meeting
The first meeting for the FIG is Friday, September 22nd at 10:00 am in Columbia 150. Please arrive on time as we will be relocating shortly after.