David Gauntlett ||| La Società dei Makers

Incontro/presentazione del libro di David Gauntlett ||| La Società dei Makers

Giovedì 21 novembre, ore 16:00 Facoltà di Scienze Politiche della Statale di Milano 

Reflections on ‘Making is Connecting’
David Gauntlett

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David Gauntlett is Professor of Media and Communications, and Co-Director of the Communications and Media Research Institute, at the University of Westminster, UK. 

‘La società dei makers’, the Italian translation of ‘Making is Connecting’, has just been published. Here David Gauntlett will discuss some of its core themes and reflect on the points which have become most apparent in the two years since its UK publication.
The book connects work on the uses of digital media with the more sociological study of everyday creative practices, bringing in studies of social capital, networks, happiness and loneliness, and craft. The central argument is that through making things, people engage with the world and create connections with each other, and that this has social value beyond individual satisfaction or entertainment. Both online and offline, we see that people want to make their mark on the world, and to make connections, creating symbols and communities of meaning around themselves.
As we know, in the twentieth century, the production of culture became dominated by professional elite producers. But today, a vast array of people are making and sharing their own imagery, video, sites and profiles online, as well as launching real-world craft clubs, art projects, and hands-on experiences. As Ivan Illich noted in the 1970s, human beings typically find greater engagement and satisfaction with tools which connect them on personal and local, rather than industrial, levels.
‘Making is Connecting’ argues that we need to embrace the potential shift from a ‘sit-back-and-be-told culture’ towards a ‘making-and-doing culture’. This shift will be vital as we tackle problems such as climate change, a struggling economy, and other social issues.

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