Accelerated Leisure in a Digital Age: Transformations &
Tribulations
Prof David McGillivray
Chair in Event & Digital Cultu...
BEING THERE:
KNOWLEDGE
PRODUCTION
&
CIRCULATION
IN PRE-
DIGITAL AGE
CURATING THE DIGITAL
ACADEMIC
• transformations taking place in how we conceive of
and experience leisure lives in a digital age;
• the professed benefi...
CHANGING
SPACES
OF…WORK
(RE) CONCEPTUALISING LEISURE IN
DIGITAL AGE
AND OF… LEISURE
DANBURY, CT—Entertaining outlandish delusions of actually
getting in a solid eight hours of sleep, 29-year-old Josh Briner...
‘Long-standing notions of shared experience atrophy, and
yet one never actually attains the gratifications or rewards
prom...
ALWAYS ON (THEM)
SPREADABILITY AND SOCIAL MEDIA
SURVEILLANCE?
CONTROL
THE DARK(ER) SIDE OF DIGITAL
RESISTANCE AND CREATIVE
REIMAGINING
DIGITAL IN/EXCLUSION
Source: Carnegie Trust (2013) Across the Divide
The Scottish
Government
must
recognise
that every
ind...
MEGA EVENT & ACCELERATED NARRATIVES
www.citizenrelay.net
www.digitalcommonwealth.co.uk
A RESEARCH AGENDA
• Methodologies and methods to explore meanings
found in big data produced in the digital age
• Experien...
THANKS
@dgmcgillivray
W: davidmcgillivray.net
W: westscotland.academia.edu/DavidMcGillivray
W: researchgate.net/DavidMcGil...
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My 'joint' keynote for Leisure Studies Association Annual Conference and Inaugural Professorial Lecture on July 8th 2014

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LSA Keynote and Inaugural Professorial Lecture

  1. 1. Accelerated Leisure in a Digital Age: Transformations & Tribulations Prof David McGillivray Chair in Event & Digital Cultures, UWS
  2. 2. BEING THERE: KNOWLEDGE PRODUCTION & CIRCULATION IN PRE- DIGITAL AGE
  3. 3. CURATING THE DIGITAL ACADEMIC
  4. 4. • transformations taking place in how we conceive of and experience leisure lives in a digital age; • the professed benefits available from digital leisure participation; • illustrations of the darker side of digital; • research into digital participation in mega sport event media narratives • research agenda for Leisure Studies scholars Join in: @dgmcgillivray #lsa2014 COVERAGE
  5. 5. CHANGING SPACES OF…WORK (RE) CONCEPTUALISING LEISURE IN DIGITAL AGE AND OF… LEISURE
  6. 6. DANBURY, CT—Entertaining outlandish delusions of actually getting in a solid eight hours of sleep, 29-year-old Josh Briner is honestly under the impression that he will be going to bed early, sources confirmed Thursday. “I made sure I had no plans tonight so that I can just turn in at 10 and get some serious rest,” said the poor, naive fool who despite having a laptop next to his bed, four different shows he needs to catch up on, and a proclivity for wasting hours at a time on social media sites is genuinely convinced that he will be asleep at a reasonable hour. “It’ll be nice to wake up feeling refreshed for once.” At press time, Briner reportedly said “f@*k it,” resumed watching Sherlock on Netflix, and vowed that tomorrow he’d definitely be in bed by 9 (The Onion). ACCELERATION, LEISURE TIME & SPACE
  7. 7. ‘Long-standing notions of shared experience atrophy, and yet one never actually attains the gratifications or rewards promised by the most recent technological options…the lived realities of this relationship are disjunctions, fractures, and continual disequilibrium’ (Crary, 2013: p31) ATROPHY OF SHARED EXPERIENCE
  8. 8. ALWAYS ON (THEM)
  9. 9. SPREADABILITY AND SOCIAL MEDIA
  10. 10. SURVEILLANCE? CONTROL THE DARK(ER) SIDE OF DIGITAL
  11. 11. RESISTANCE AND CREATIVE REIMAGINING
  12. 12. DIGITAL IN/EXCLUSION Source: Carnegie Trust (2013) Across the Divide The Scottish Government must recognise that every individual has an undeniable right to digital inclusion (RSE, 2014)
  13. 13. MEGA EVENT & ACCELERATED NARRATIVES www.citizenrelay.net www.digitalcommonwealth.co.uk
  14. 14. A RESEARCH AGENDA • Methodologies and methods to explore meanings found in big data produced in the digital age • Experience of those disempowered and disenfranchised by digital turn and barriers to participation • Moral and ethical implications of leisure lives mediated in digital environments • Stresses, anxieties and emotional responses generated by digital engagement • Oppositional force of the digital
  15. 15. THANKS @dgmcgillivray W: davidmcgillivray.net W: westscotland.academia.edu/DavidMcGillivray W: researchgate.net/DavidMcGillivray W: creativefutur.eu/

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