Plugged-in: Social Media and the Military

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A presentation by Professor David Denney, Professor of Social and Public Policy, Royal Holloway, University of London and Dr Alisdair Pinkerton, Lecturer and Researcher in Political Geography and Geopolitics, Royal Holloway, University of London.Social Media and the Military

In today’s networked society, the use of online communication is one of the most critical questions facing the UK military. However, while the military use of online communication has been widely discussed in scholarly work, there has been remarkably little research into the significance and impact of social media on military personnel, including issues such as troop morale, personal and social well being, relationships with family and friends, and the blurring of the battlespace.

In their presentation, Professor David Denney and Dr Alasdair Pinkerton will draw on material from a recently funded research project to determine the role of social media in military communication, from the perspectives of serving personnel. By exploring the development and integration of social media in the UK military, and the structures and vehicles in place to manage their usage, they will examine the extent to which the new media reality may affect the military institution and the individual service member. This presentation will focus particularly on the possible benefits and drawbacks of emergent forms of online communication in a military context.

Professor David Denney is Professor of Social and Public Policy at Royal Holloway, University of London. His research interests are in violent crime, risk and the role of social media. He is currently Principal Investigator on an ESRC/DSTL funded project which examines the use of social media technology by the UK military.

Dr Alisdair Pinkerton is a Lecturer and Researcher in Political Geography and Geopolitics at Royal Holloway, University of London. His research interests relate to media and communications, state and citizen diplomacy, and the military. He has worked extensively in the Falkland Islands, India and the US. He is currently an investigator on an ESRC/DSTL funded project on social media technologies and the UK military.

An optional £10 sandwich lunch shall be available from 1215. 

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