Professor in Residence, Department of Anthropology and Department of Informatics at the University of California, Irvine
Social media has changed the way we interact in today's society. From the so-called "perfect lives" that are displayed on Facebook and Instagram each day to what seems like an inability to communicate in face-to-face conversations, digital media has changed the way we participate in our world. Mimi Ito is an international expert on how people use mobile technologies and new digital media in their everyday lives. A cultural anthropologist of technology use, she also is a leading authority on how social network technologies are shaping society.
Her newest book is Participatory Culture in a Networked Era: A Conversation on Youth, Learning, Commerce, and Politics, with co-authors danah boyd and Henry Jenkins, examine the ways in which our personal and professional lives are shaped by experiences interacting with and around emerging media. Mimi is an expert on the content of children’s educational games and software, their production, distribution, and marketing, and how children use them in play. She has researched a wide range of other digitally-augmented social practices, including online gaming, and social communities. Join Mimi and your colleagues for an interesting discussion about how student affairs can be prepared for the students who will enter college with a new way of participating in their community and culture.