Social Informatics: What is it?

When I was perusing the “schedule of classes” for the summer courses offered at NKU I ran across a communications course that was focused on “Social Informatics.” I had no idea what Social Informatics was, and I am still trying to fully comprehend in my own mind what this course is really going to cover, but I am excited about the layout of the course and some of the readings we’ve already been assigned. These works can be found below:

  1. Personal Connections in the Digital Age, Nancy Baym
  2. Live in the Future & Here’s How It Works: Why Your World, Work, and Brain Are Being Creatively Disrupted, Nick Biltin
  3. Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other (1st Edition), Sherry Turkle
Additionally, we’ve been promised other supplemental reading materials such as this article from 1999, authored by Rob Kling, which examines the definition of Social Informatics. Kling defines the study like this; “Social informatics research pertains to information technology use and social change in any sort of social setting.”
Informational technology advancements, just over the course of the past couple of years have been tremendous as anyone with a heartbeat knows, but what do these advancements really mean for our development as a society, both in professional organizations, and in social communities?   I’m not sure, yet, but I’m looking forward to learning more about the implications of rapid technological improvements in our lives.   From some of the readings I’m getting an ominous  i-Robot sort of feeling! With that being said, I’ll sign-off with this:

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