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Wednesday, October 2 • 9:00am - 11:40am
Open Dis[Courses] - Black Mirror: Five Minutes into the Future

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This seminar takes the horrors of the dystopian UK television series Black Mirror as a jumping-off point to investigate day-to-day digital culture in the 21st-century. We will research our conflicted relationship with dominant platforms and businesses through the lens of themes including: “fake news” and cybercrime; social media fame, Instagram, emotional labor, and reputation; device addiction, algorithmic control, identity, and anxiety; life logging and digital memory; the dark web, anonymity, and Blockchain; immediacy and digital sex; digital self; defense and government-backed privacy tools; privacy and the privilege of being offline; trolling and cyber bullying; political organizing and resistance. Rather than blaming technologies for our woes, this course will occupy the vibrant space between dystopian and Pollyannaish visions of the future.

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Trebor Sholtz

The New School, Associate Professor
Trebor Scholz is a scholar-activist and Associate Professor for Culture & Media at The New School in New York City. His book Uber-Worked and Underpaid. How Workers Are Disrupting the Digital Economy (Polity, 2016) develops an analysis of the challenges posed by digital labor an... Read More →

Wednesday October 2, 2019 9:00am - 11:40am EDT
Amphitheater - A404