Cultural revolution leaves us in spin

Difficult questions: Does a seemingly endless choice of media help us make sense of our world or does it make making sense even harder?

Difficult questions: Does a seemingly endless choice of media help us make sense of our world or does it make making sense even harder?

Questions about the value of culture – everything from Facebook to ancient monuments – and who we should trust to safeguard it is the subject of a public lecture at the University of Portsmouth.

Professor Justin Smith will pose some difficult questions, including how do we make sense of the media in an environment of seemingly limitless choice, and how does media help us make sense of our own lives.

The lecture, discussing a revolution in culture as a result of the advances in technology, will be in Portland building, PO1 3AH, from 6-7pm on December 2.

Professor Smith said: “Our online, digital, 24/7 rolling news, multi-channel, video-on-demand, social media world has re-shaped the way we live. Physical media – printed photographs, CDs, DVDs – is losing its status in our lives and, at the same time, many of us now make as much media as we consume.

“What does this means for us and for our culture? Should we be concerned about the power of media moguls? And is it right for the public to have to subsidise art and culture?

“Against a backdrop of Facebook being blamed for radicalising Muslims and ISIL systematically destroying monuments of cultural heritage across the Middle East, how do we make judgements about the power of the media and the value of culture?”

These are some of the urgent questions about cultural value Professor Smith will discuss in his inaugural lecture.

Justin Smith is Professor of Media Industries in the University’s School of Media and Performing Arts.

The event is free. To book, visit:  http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/performing-a-three-point-turn-looking-backwards-and-forwards-or-how-to-pass-the-cultural-test-tickets-17966012828

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