Dr. John A. McArthur

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Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Programs
Knight School of Communication, Queens University of Charlotte

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1. What are you doing towards Digital Inclusion in Charlotte?

I remain an advocate for digital inclusion and digital literacies in Charlotte through my work as a public intellectual, which simply means that I appear in the media, write Op-Eds for area newspapers, and speak and consult for local organizations that build our community. In all of my work, I try to help people gain a new perspective on the role of digital technologies in our lives, and the ways that technology can both build and harm communities. I wrote a lot about this concept in my new book: Digital Proxemics: How Technology Shapes the Ways We Move.

2. Why are you working towards Digital Inclusion in Charlotte? 

As a scholar and researcher of human communication and technology interactions, I believe that we all have choices to make as citizens in an increasingly digital world. Our digital actions should not only add to the data swirling around us, but also make a contribution to the communities we serve. We all have a role to play in building the future of our communities.

3. What does a digitally connected community look like to you? 

Community can mean many things to many people, so I’ll focus on the digitally connected piece. Digital connection means that we are using communication technologies – our computers, tablets, mobile phones, and things we haven’t even invented yet – to develop meaningful relationships with our neighbors, government officials, families and friends, and even strangers. The digital tools we use become vehicles for building a shared sense of responsibility and compassion for one another.

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