OII’s Wednesday Webinar Week 5 ‘Root Systems, Land Cultivation, and Hurricanes: The Benefits and Limitations of Applying Ecological Metaphors to Information Dysfunction’
You Are Here: A Field Guide for Navigating Polarized Speech, Conspiracy Theories, and Our Polluted Information Landscape, co-authored by Whitney Phillips and Ryan Milner, employs a series of ecological metaphors to describe our present information landscape and to explain the various network changes that brought us to this moment. While these metaphors provide a useful, inclusive entry-point into pressing ethical and political issues, they also pose some methodological challenges. This talk will discuss both the positives and the negatives of metaphor as argument. It will also discuss how and why Phillips and Milner chose to translate You Are Here’s metaphors into a children’s book.
Root Systems, Land Cultivation, and Hurricanes: The Benefits and Limitations of Applying Ecological Metaphors to Information Dysfunction
Date: 17 February 2021
The OII welcomes Professor Whitney Phillips and Professor Ryan M. Milner, co-authors of 'You Are Here: A Field Guide ... Read More
About the speakers
Whitney Phillips researches and teaches class on media literacy, mis-and disinformation, political communication, and digital ethics, including journalistic ethics and the ethics of everyday social media use. She’s also interested in folklore online and off, particularly collective storytelling and the rhetoric of ghost, monster, and crime lore.
Ryan Milner is a writer and professor, teaching several courses on modern media technology and digital communications. His primary field of study is focussed on the effects of the internet on society, and how people respond differently to emerging technologies.