September 18th, 2016
Digital Media and Networked Individualism
Professor Barry Wellman has been one of the pioneers of social network analysis. He taught at the University of Toronto for 47 years and is now the Co-Director of the NetLab Network of researchers, where he collaborates with MSU`s Keith Hampton among others. Wellman coined the term ‘networked individualism’ to describe the ways in which the Internet and related social media are reconfiguring our social networks and organizations. Professor Wellman will provide an overview of this research on the social dynamics of the Internet, past and present. One of his latest books is with Lee Rainie, of the PEW Research Center, and is entitled, Networked: The New Social Operating System (MIT Press).
Barry Wellman has directed NetLab at the Faculty of Information, University of Toronto. He is the North American editor of the journal, Information Communication and Society (iCS), the founder of the International Network for Social Network Analysis, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.