Tao Sun, assistant professor of communication studies at Plymouth State University will present his research on “Asia-Pacific in the Information Age” at a dinner meeting of the Society for Scholarly Dialogue, Thursday, December 2.
Sun says, “This lecture tries to explain how information and communication technologies (ICTs) in the Asia-Pacific region, particularly the Internet, have led to changes in the structural relationship between the media system and the media audience.”
The emerging ICTs, led by the Internet, provide the Asian-Pacific audience with viable functional alternatives to dominant media in their specific countries, dramatically decreasing audience dependency on official media or media sources closely tied to government interests, according to Sun. The audience has experienced unprecedented freedom of media uses and gratifications. More than ever before, the audience’s voices are heard directly and expediently over the Internet by those who are in control of the socio-economic system. Sun says, “The traditional one-way flow of information model has given way to a two-way flow in this information age.” Elite media are losing ground and privileges, and the Asian-Pacific governments can no longer afford to rely on a few elite media sources to manufacture public consent, according to Sun.
The program begins with a social half hour at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. and the presentation at 7:15 p.m., at the Frost Academic Commons off School Street in Plymouth. Cost of the dinner is $8.50 and advance reservation is required. There is no charge for the lecture, independent of dinner.
For information contact David Zehr at 535-2404 or via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.