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Monroe Price speaks to ARNIC seminar on ‘Anxieties and Transformations’

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This week ARNIC welcomed Monroe E. Price to speak at our lunchtime seminar series.

Monroe E. Price has been, for the last decade, a professor at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania where he headed a Center for Global Communication Studies, now morphed into the Center for Advanced Research in Global Communication.  He graduated from Yale College and Yale Law School and founded, among other things, Oxford University’s Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy.  His most recent edited book (with Nicole Stremlau) is Speech and Society in Turbulent Times (Cambridge University, 2017)

Professor Price gave a talk entitled  “Anxieties and Transformations:  Crisis Time in Framing Media Policy Alternatives?” and questioned whether the fields of Communication and Media studies could benefit from framing current issues in terms of ‘anxiety.’ Price spoke on a wide variety of potential ‘anxieties’ including terrorism and social media; algorithms and invisibility of decision making; concentration and industry power; national sovereignty and information technology and the disappearance and significance of trusted intermediaries.

The talk was followed by a hugely generative discussion amongst ARNIC members and guests and we thank Professor Price for his interesting and pertinent questions.

The next ARNIC seminar will take place on Tuesday February 6th at 12:30pm. Please email rachelm@usc.edu if you would like to join.