Algorithmic Culture: A (Media-Archaeological) Context for Keywords: 2023 James W. Carey Memorial Lecture

Wednesday, September 27, 2023
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids Campus
Alumni, Community, Faculty, Staff, Students

Ted Striphas

Keywords is a well-established method for studying the relationship between words and social, cultural, and technological change—almost too well-established, in that it seems to have transformed from a contextually-specific approach to one applicable to any and all languages, time periods, and media. In this talk, Striphas reflects on his recent book, Algorithmic Culture Before the Internet, with respect to the methodological challenges of studying keywords beyond the typical confines of public transcripts and print culture.

Dr. Ted Striphas, an Associate Professor at the University of Colorado, Boulder, studies the history, culture, and politics of technology, focusing on the relationship between emergent technologies and patterns of social and linguistic change. He is a regular source for and contributor to local, national, and international news media. His appearances include the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, The Chronicle of Higher Education, the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, Times Higher Education Supplement and The Washington Post.

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Location Information

Loosemore Auditorium, Pew Campus

Contact Information

Carl Brown, [email protected]  616-331-3321


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