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Brazilian Digital Media Studies: Two Talks
Oct 25, 2019 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
C21’s visiting media scholars from Brazil present their research on digital media technologies. This event consisted of two short talks and a Q&A. Watch below!
Fatima Regis Oliveira
New Media Literacies: Developing Participatory and Playful Learning Methodologies in Digital Culture
The research aims to develop learning methodologies that use the attractive features of digital media to stimulate the interest of the students in educational activities. The theoretical bases rely on the assumptions of Situated Cognition and New Media Literacies Studies which advocate that the process of literacy cannot be reduced to the domains of reading and writing. It is rather a social and concrete process. In our empirical research, we are carrying out workshops with teachers and students of Middle Schools in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The students are encouraged to create games and other media products using the school curriculum. The goal is to improve learning and critical thinking, in a playful and participatory way.
The Platformization of Everyday Life: Design, Privacy, and Dark Patterns
Drawing on empirical research with mobile apps in Salvador-Bahia-Brazil, this talk addresses how everyday urban life is being increasingly hypermediated through digital platforms and user interfaces. This phenomenon, in turn, poses challenges to maintaining citizen privacy, as institutions seek to maximize the production and collection of sensitive personal data by implementing dark and malicious design patterns. By critiquing how these apps work, we can better understand and act upon the shaping of contemporary digital culture—one primarily based on platformization, datafication, and algorithmic performativity.
There will be a reception with light refreshments at the Center for 21st Century Studies (Curtin 939) following the talk.