Prof Presents Paper

Research Results in National Presentation

Assistant Professor, Les Dart attended the 90th annual convention of the National Communication Association in Chicago last week. Dart attended a number of lectures and presented a paper to a well-attended session on technology and communication ethics.

The session titled "Communicating Otherwise: Human Rights, Technology, and the Future of Ethics" was sponsored by the Communication Ethics Division of the NCA and was chaired by esteemed communication scholar Cliffard G. Christians of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Christians also served as respondent to the papers presented.

The papers included “Virtual Forgetting: Amnesty, Media, Human Rights,” by Peter Krapp of the University of Minnesota, “Postcyborg Ethics: a New Way to Speak of Technology?” by Heidi Campbell of the University of Edinburgh, Scotland,and “Machinic Others: Ethics, Alterity, and Technology” by David J. Gunkel of Northern Illinois University.

Dart’s paper, titled “Revisaging the Face: Levinas and the Limits of Online Communication,” analyses the phenomena of “flaming,” or aggression by agents in online environments, and develops a method of analyzing such phenomena by adapting approaches used by scholars of French post-structuralist philosopher Emmanuel Levinas. It further argues that new ethical paradigms must be developed to counter the challenges to subjectivity inherent in new media systems.

The papers will be revised and published in a forthcoming special edition of Explorations in Media Ecology, a publication of the Media Ecology Division of NCA. Dart’s paper is an outgrowth of his doctoral studies at the European Graduate School in Switzerland where he has begun work on his dissertation in Media Studies and Communication. The paper will serve as an introduction to his dissertation.

Dart is in his fifth year teaching in the SNU Department of Speech Communication. He is currently teaching Writing for Broadcast, Introduction to Speech Communication, Persuasion, Broadcast Practicum, and a section of Orienting to College.