Examining the Role of Media in the Human Experience

Discussion: Fall 2012
Date: October 18th 2012, 2-3:30 pm EDT
Location: Lang Student Center, New School University, NYC

Our Humanity Matters held our first talk titled, “Examining the role of media in the human experience” at The New School on Thursday, October 18, 2012. The goal of this talk was to build a continuing debate on one of the most important subjects facing humanity today – media. This talk is the first of a series of ongoing events and discussions OHM will be organizing around this topic.

How we understand and interconnect with the “Other” and our environment, and ultimately our own existence, is today largely dependent on mass media. Mass media has become part of our nervous system; therefore, if we hope to build a sustainable future and culture of wholeness where interconnectedness with all would be seen as an intelligent and enlightened way of being, then we must address this very fundamental issue. As part of OHM’s mission to build a more enlightened vision of humanity we aim to establish a solid framework for the relationship between media and the quality, purpose and value of human life, where actions and changes will take place.

We were honored to have Verona Conley, Long-Term Visiting Professor of Comparative Literature and of Romance Languages and Literatures at Harvard University; Douglas Kellner, George Kneller Chair in the Philosophy of Education at UCLA; and Barry Salmon, Associate Professor at the New School for Public Engagement on our panel. They share our passion and commitment to uncovering the implications of media and technology for our society, culture, and for us as individuals. They understand that our future depends on this kind of open dialogue and are committed to exploring this topic with OHM.

This fall, OHM hosted an international live-streamed discussion at the New School University. This talk was the beginning of an honest, ongoing discussion aiming to articulate the critical questions and challenges of today’s modern society saturated by media. The talk serves as a springboard for future events, such as our symposium planned for spring 2015, which will feature high profile speakers from a range of industries and settings. Whereas the 2015 forum will be broad in scope, the 2012 discussion examined the specific impact of mass media on humanity – its challenges and opportunities.