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Humanist Archives: April 19, 2019, 5:50 a.m. Humanist 32.621 - events: Resisting Digital Culture (London)

                  Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 32, No. 621.
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        Date: 2019-04-18 10:28:10+00:00
        From: Willard McCarty 
        Subject: Resisting Digital Cultures

Resisting Digital Culture: Dystopias, Distortions, Disconnections
10 May 2019, 09:00 to 19:00
King's College London, Strand Campus

Current debates about digital technology are caught in a death spiral of
gloom, doom and anxiety. After a long period of optimism that
accompanied the explosion of social media and assumptions of their
democratic potential, today’s discourse is dominated by fear. Fear about
the unchecked power of digital monopolies like Facebook, Google and
Amazon; about the (ab)use of social media by far right political
movements; about the psychopathologies, risks and trade-offs associated
with constant and unyielding connectivity; fears about the radical
surveillance enabled by the digital.

What are the actual dangers we face in a world where almost every aspect
of our life is digitally mediated? What are the ways people are trying
to respond to these dangers, individually and collectively? What
solutions do society and technology offer for challenging total digital
interpellation? This international conference will explore the digital
pessimism that is currently engulfing our understanding of the internet
and social media, and assess possibilities for resistance.

The conference will include various panels, on a number of issues
including Digital Overload/Digital Detox, Precarity and Automation,
Activism and Oppression, Surveillance, Algorithmic Discrimination,
Digital Politics.

For more see:

Willard McCarty (www.mccarty.org.uk/),
Professor emeritus, Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London;
Adjunct Professor, Western Sydney University; Editor, Interdisciplinary
Science Reviews (www.tandfonline.com/loi/yisr20) and Humanist

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