2021 James W. Carey Memorial Lecture (Featuring Douglas Ruskhoff via ZOOM)

Wednesday, September 22, 2021
7:00 p.m.
Allendale Campus, Online
Alumni, Community, Faculty, Students

From Figure to Ground:  How Humans Became  Technology’s Tools

Digital technology is being developed with little or no awareness of the underlying operating system: corporate capitalism. New technologies are developed purely for their ability to extract value from people and places, instead of providing human beings with the capabilities they need to create and exchange value for themselves. As a result, we now live in a media environment where technologies use people more than people use technology.  One of the greatest promises of new media technologies was to unlock closed-ended narratives, and offer people the opportunity to participate, actively, in the creation of a new human story.

In this talk, media theorist and author Douglas Rushkoff will use the lens of critical economic analysis to explain how this potential renaissance for human connection and flourishing was leveraged instead to amplify the most predictable, extractive and dehumanizing aspects of the market - as well as what we can do to reclaim agency in the digital media environment.

Location Information

Register here: https://www.gvsu.edu/soc/2021-james-w-carey-memorial-lecture-featuring-douglas-198.htm

Registration closes at 6 pm on Wednesday Sept. 22nd.

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Contact Information

Corey Anton, Communication Studies Area Coordinator (antonc@gvsu.edu)  616-331-3321

Hosting Department, Organization, or Business

School of Communications, Communication Studies Major


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This event was added to the calendar by Corey Anton (antonc@gvsu.edu) on Thursday, April 29, 2021 and was last updated on Monday, September 20, 2021 at 2:24 p.m.