The Internet and new media technologies have revolutionized the production, dissemination and use of information. As people encounter flows of information from multiple sources, scholars begin to worry about the potential echo chamber effect.
The potential impacts of algorithm and recommendation system that are widely adopted by new media platforms increase this scholarly concern because those computational techniques tend to provide people with their preferred information, isolating them in their filter bubbles.
The convenience of connecting with others on social media also raises similar anxiety because people’s socialization is mainly homophily-driven. Looking into these questions can help us understand more basic social phenomena in our daily life such as why and how people use Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Weibo, WeChat etc.
Major schools of Journalism and Communication in China are expanding their research focusvand curriculum to Science Communication, Health Communication, Risk Communicationvetc. These subfields have been studied for a relatively long time in American academia andvhave been found to support important social developments in a society. The development ofvthese subfields is closely related to innovation and technology.
This workshop will serve asvthe foundational introduction to Communication studies, technologies and innovations. In particular, we will begin by introducing the basic goals of different subfields of Communication studies.
Next, we will discuss how the development of technology lead to innovative communication practices and findings that shape our daily life. Finally, we will explore the ways in which human communication is altering social and institutional structures, such as the creation of public goods, new means of social protest, and the infiltration of surveillance into daily life.