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Kate Fox: Paleodigital- The impact of new age technology on sociality
Fri 9 December 2016, 15:30 – 16:30 GMT
Kate Fox, a social anthropologist, co-director of the Social Issues Research Centre (SIRC) and a Fellow of the Institute for Cultural Research is presenting on her latest work at the School of Psychology, University of Leeds.
Kate is the best-selling author of several books, including Watching the English: The Hidden Rules of English Behaviour.
Kate Fox argues that we are using Digital Age technology to recreate Stone Age sociality. Many 21st-century online behaviours that are seen as new, unprecedented and unnatural can be understood as a form of counteractive cultural niche construction – our species’ latest unconscious attempt to recreate the psychosocial dynamics of its environment of evolutionary adaptedness. We are using technological advances - smartphones, social media, webcam, etc. - to counteract the adverse social effects of previous technological advances. We’ve been doing this since the Neolithic, with partial and varied success. This time, we have better tools...
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Maurice Keyworth Seminar Room 1.32
University of Leeds
Moorland Rd, Leeds