Video instructions and help with filling out and completing When Form 8815 Participating

Instructions and Help about When Form 8815 Participating

Good afternoon hasselt really nice to be here it's absolutely wonderful in a way to see so many people gathered to talk about such objects i've hugely enjoyed the morning stalks i haven't entirely agreed with them as you will see when you hear my presentation so you get a sense in which it's great to come to these things with your mind open but perhaps you're not not your mind hanging open like a mouse so that you can just grab anything that flies by so I'm encouraging you today just think for yourself when you hear all the talks and when you go away to think about which one's had synergies with other ones and which ones didn't really which ones didn't and may be contradicted some of the ones you've heard and I'm gonna start out with a tiny bit of homework for you or work for you to do here really and it asks you just to turn to the person next to you and tell them in one minute what do you think democracy means to you what does democracy mean to you so we're moving from the humorous to the very serious one minute just one minute okay so let me tell you a little bit about myself I've been a teacher researcher an educator with young people for the last 21 years it's a very exciting profession it's something I absolutely love doing and now I teach a master's at the London School of Economics it's a great place to work and one of the things that it's been a privilege to do since I've been there is to have discussions about issues like democracy and new media the stuff you've been hearing about all day with some of the greatest and most innovative students across the world but also my projects over the last seven years have taken me to various different places perhaps to places where new media isn't as prevalent as it is in across Europe and North America and that has given me a different sort of insight into the kinds of claims we hear on a daily basis about new media but I'm gonna take a step back and just talk to you for a minute about what inspires me to think about new media and democracy in the same sentence well first of all there were people fighting against all different kinds of in justices and regimes long before there was new media there is for example on the screen anybody know who the man is on the screen a famous social scientist and philosopher Antonio Gramsci who worked under a fascist regime and did most of his good work his best writing in jail and I hope that your civic participation that your laughter and innovation doesn't land you in jail but it might because the whole point about democracy and if something is worth fighting for is that it means you have to take risks the second person up on the screen a very wonderful and interesting woman called Iran Sharmila has been fighting for the last 13 years against something called the Armed Forces Special Powers Act in India she's been on hunger strike she's in an Indian jail and she's had a tube up her nose force feeding her because it's a crime to let yourself die under the Indian Constitution and so fighting against violence she herself is experiencing violence and she's in jail for her beliefs and for the things she's trying to do now the kinds of discussions that we are going to have today in relation to young people come out of a long period of annoyance with the kinds of claims that are made about young people and technology and so we set out in night in 2005 to write a project about young people new media and technology which would investigate some of the claims being made about them and thankfully we got funding from the European Commission to undertake this work the kinds of rhetoric that we were confronting and I'm sure they won't be new to you because you've heard them in the room today perhaps even well the first one perhaps not so much but in lots of policy literature we do hear that young people are a disconnected generation that they are somehow apathetic about politics and about democracy they don't have views and ideas on these subjects if you've never heard that you're very lucky any young people in the room here today and I know I'm in a country where actually voting is something you have to do rather than something you can choose to do but if you are in a country where voting is something you can choose to do you can hear the panic mount as election time comes up will they vote or won't they vote second we had a lot of rhetoric about young people in new technologies young people are somehow born digital they are the digital generation and this may well be the case in middle-class neighborhoods across Western Europe in middle-class neighborhoods across Eastern Europe and middle-class neighborhoods across the global south but actually there are many places where young people are not the digital generation and we're very interested to investigate what that means for democracy if everyone's putting democracy online as were being told was about to happen so we heard the term a democracy being bandied about we heard a lot of people talking about if you could vote online then everybody would vote if we did democracy online then more people would listen to politicians and we wondered whether this was true and we set out to ask things like what are young people really doing in the public sphere what do they do on their days off when they're not partying according to the powers that be and then what kinds of participation and responses do they