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Digital Korea: History, Use, and Effects of New Communication Technologies

November 13-14, 2015
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA   

One of the hallmarks of contemporary Korea is the incredible rate of development, adoption, and integration of new communication technologies. With this access to new communication technologies now part of the very fabric of Korean society, it becomes important to examine the history, use, and effects of Korean digital media – the internet, social media, mobile phones, etc. How has Korea’s particular history shaped the development of new communication technologies and new media use in the country? What sectors of Korean society are using new media and in what ways? How do values, norms, and personal attributes interplay with individual’s use of digital media? How does new media use and adoption play out between generations? What has been the impact of digital media in politics and society as well as everyday life?

Digital Korea: History, Use, and Effects of New Communication Technologies will showcase innovative scholarly work examining various subjects concerning the role of social media, mobile phones, and other new communication technologies in in the case of Korea.

Organizer: Nojin Kwak (Nam Center/Department of Communication Studies, University of Michigan)


U-M Nam Center for Korean Studies
Academy of Korean Studies
LSA Office of the Dean
U-M Office of Research
U-M Dept. of Communication Studies
U-M Institute for the Humanities
The John D. Evans Foundation
Global Media Studies Initiative at U-M Communication Studies