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Mark Andrejevic presents InfoGlut! at IUSB Forum

Mark Andrejevic

The Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts at IU South Bend welcomes Mark Andrejevic to present an IUSB forum titled “InfoGlut! A consideration of some of the ways in which the ways we think about and use information are changing in an era of information overload.”  The forum will take place on Wednesday, March 2 at 7:30 pm in Northside’s Recital Hall.

Mark Andrejevic is associate professor in the department of communication studies at the University of Iowa.  He is the author of Reality TV: The Work of Being Watched and iSpy: Surveillance and Power in the Interactive Era as well as numerous articles and book chapters on surveillance, new media, and popular culture.

This IUSB Forum is based on a project that explores a constellation of developments associated with the changing role of information in an era of information overload.  In particular, the focus is on a broad array of strategies for short-circuiting meaning and content to rely instead on predictive patterns or more direct forms of perception.  For example, resurgent strategies for reading “body language” illustrate how the ability to read gestures and expressions is taken up in popular culture (by shows like Lie to Me and The Mentalist, and poker TV) as well as on the news, and in recent self-help literature. 

In an era of information glut, the crisis of representation lies in the difficulty of making sense of a plethora of information. The political struggle becomes that of sorting through proliferating narratives and meta-narratives, how to make sense of too much data, as it were; the economic problem becomes how to make sense of the burgeoning databases collected by market researchers. 

Tickets for “InfoGlut!” are available through the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts Box Office for $5-$9.  Tickets for students and children are available free of charge.  For more information visit arts.iusb.edu or call 574.520.4203.

IUSB Forum by Mark Andrejevic
“InfoGlut! A consideration of some of the ways in which the ways we think about and use information are changing in an era of information overload.”
7:30 pm Wednesday, March 2
Northside’s Recital Hall
1855 Northside Boulevard, South Bend
Tickets $5-$9 | Free to students/children
574.520.4203