We live in an era where the internet, smartphones, social media, online videos and machine learning, are an integral part of most of our daily lives. But what does it mean to live in such a digitally enhanced society? How does the rise of smart devices, digital social networks and online communities shape how we experience our social world? What are the consequences of this for our future? In the Fall of 2018, a group of committed student scholars at Gettysburg College set out to investigate these questions.
This website was created by Prof. Alecea Standlee’s SOC 250 – Sociology of Digital Cultures & Online Behaviors course (Fall 2018). It serves as the culmination of student collected scholarly resources, and provides a thoughtful analysis of living in a techno-social society. In this site, students analyze the cultural ramifications of existing and emerging technologies that shape our experiences and collective understanding. The website serves as a repository of knowledge on issues of surveillance, technological power, cultural of visuality, digitally mediated conflict, and the impacts and implications of mobile and online cultures. Enjoy our website and please feel free to contact us with any thoughts or questions.