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New Media and the Future of Literacy

Forum for European Philosophy LSE Literary Festival event

Some people have been struck by the aphoristic potential of Twitter. Others see developments in new media as bringing the era of the literature to an end. This panel will explore the way new media impacts on traditional literary and philosophical forms of writing and reading. One question is about the threat of new media to classical literacy: fragmentation and overload in new media leading to the withering away of traditional literary, philosophical and poetic forms. Another question is about the chance that new media offers for new forms of cultural literacy: where everyone can become a reader and a writer.

Charles Leadbeater is a leading authority on innovation and creativity, and author of We:think: the power of mass creativity, which charts the rise of mass, participative approaches to innovation from science and open source software, to computer games and political campaigning.

Sam Riviere's poems have appeared in various publications and competitions since 2005. He co-edits the anthology series Stop Sharpening Your Knives and his debut collection 81 Austerities is published by Faber & Faber. He is currently working towards a PhD at the University of East Anglia. He was a recipient of a 2009 Eric Gregory Award.

Simon Glendinning is director of the Forum for European Philosophy.

This event forms part of LSE's 5th Space for Thought Literary Festival|, taking place from Tuesday 25 February - Saturday 2 March 2013, with the theme 'Branching Out'.

Update, Tuesday 8 January: Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, Ruth Padel is no longer able to participate in this event.

Suggested hashtag for this event for Twitter users: #LSElitfest

Event weblisting: http://www2.lse.ac.uk/publicEvents/events/2013/03/LitFest20130302t1900vWT.aspx


Charles Leadbeater | talks
Sam Riviere | talks
Dr Simon Glendinning | talks | www


Date and Time:

2 March 2013 at 7:00 pm


1 hour 30 minutes



Wolfson Theatre
New Academic Building
London School of Economics and Political Science

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London School of Economics & Political Science
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