Casa Central campus as seen from Santa Lucía Hill

Buenos Aires: Students from the Pontificia Universidad Católica Argentina participated in ‘the world Unplugged‘ experiment, led by Mag. Jorge Liotti, the Director of the School of Journalism at the Universidad Católica Argentina (UCA) and a faculty member of 2010 Salzburg Academy on Media & Global Change in Salzburg, Austria.

In the news in Argentina: Telefe, the most popular Argentine TV channel, aired on its November 12, 2010 evening news program, a special report about the 24 hours without media experience at the Universidad Católica Argentina (UCA). The report, called “Hyper-connected or unplugged”, lasted 15 minutes, and it was divided in two parts: the first one (from minute 1 to 6), about hyper-connected people, a work prepared completely by Telefe; and the second one (from minute 7 to 15) about unplugged people, based on the experience of UCA students.

University background: The Catholic University of Argentina has a student population of about 18,000 students.  It is an urban university located in Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina. Students come from upper socio-economic backgrounds in Argentina and other countries in the region. It is commonplace for students to use the Internet and online resources to complete their coursework, and Internet access is available throughout the campus.  Most students have mobile phones.

Students’ experience: Of the 200 students invited to participate in the Unplugged project, 118 completed the assignment. Originally, students were to conduct the experiment during the latter half of October 2010.  But after Néstor Kirchner, the former president of Argentina and the husband of Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, the current president of Argentina, died on October 27, the experiment was postponed to the first week of November, allowing students time to mourn his death.