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Apr 1 / Clayton Hayes

Upcoming DH Lecture – Critical Internet Cultures, Geert Lovink (April 11)

Geert Lovink, director of the Institute of Network Cultures at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, will be speaking on campus on Monday, April 11. The talk takes place at 3 pm on that date, in the English Department Conference room, 10302 in the Maccabees Building (5057 Woodward). His subject will be:

Critical Internet Cultures—From Selfie Cult to Mask Design

In this monopoly phase of platform capitalism, selfies and Anonymous are two sides of the same coin.Both emerge from the same root in Western enlightenment that emphasises individualism and liberation of the Self.Narcissistic self-promotion as well as politically motivated protection of privacy operate under the neo-liberal umbrella of individual empowerment. This raises the strategic question whether alternative network architectures arise out of a critical reading of such consumer cultures? What’s the state of the art in critical internet cultures in this post-Snowden era? What does it mean when the tactics of mainstreaming subcultural practices is running empty on the long run and the realtime meme politics is incapable of solidifying itself in alternative protocols and infrastructures?

Geert Lovink is a media theorist, internet critic and author of Dark Fiber (2002), Zero Comments (2007), Networks Without a Cause (2012) and Social Media Abyss (2016). Since 2004 he is researcher in the School for Communication and Media Design at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (HvA) where he is the director of the Institute of Network Cultures. His centre recently organized conferences, publications and research networks such as Video Vortex (the politics and aesthetics of online video), Unlike Us (alternatives in social media), Critical Point of View (Wikipedia), Society of the Query (the culture of search), MoneyLab (bitcoins, crowdfunding & internet revenue models) and a project on the future of art criticism. From 2004-2012 he was also associate prof. at Mediastudies (MA new media program), University of Amsterdam. Since 2009 he is professor at the European Graduate School (Saas-Fee) where he supervises PhD students.