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About alx

Alexandra Bal

I am a faculty member in the new media program in the School of Image Arts at Ryerson University. After acquiring a PhD in information and Communication Sciences from Paris University, I became an associate researcher at the Maison des Sciences de l’Homme, in Paris.

New Media being such a complex field, my current research contains a few strands. Generally speaking, I am trying to comprehend how social and experiential media influence learning. More specifically, I am trying to understand how virtual informal communities, that exist in web 2.0 apps and virtual worlds, generate their own forms of knowledge and culture which are based on informal production of knowledge. These p2p mode of knowledge production alters notions of art and education and influence the evolution of cultural institutions such as Universities, Broadcasting, Arts but also are currently having a profound impact on the social rules of democracy.

Interested in social-constructionism, I am becoming very interested in observing the emerging economy of children’s social life since I do believe that how they use these technology will greatly influence how upcoming capitalist frameworks are defined.

As ubiquitous computing evolve, I know that cultural evolution will be influenced by emerging social activities brought about by mixed realities which blend mobile technologies, robotics, AI and swarm mobs.

I hope you find the information you are looking for, if not contact me at abal.at.ryerson.ca

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