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The Internet and the Good Life

What does world-connectedness mean for us as human beings? With the greatest libraries, darkest markets, and fiercest competitions for our attention everywhere accessible, how will our lives change?  In this five-week discussion series we will examine the Internet with respect to psychology, education, privacy and control, culture and subculture, and political organization.  We will draw from both scholarly work on communication media through history and contemporary writing on the Internet itself.  Further, we will join theory and practice through a participant-driven online forum to deepen our analysis between meeting sessions.

We will meet at 6:30  pm on Mondays starting September 24th at our offices, with dinner provided. RSVP below!

September 24th: Connectivity and Memory

Nicholas Carr, The Atlantic, Is Google Making Us Stupid?

Georges Abi-Heila, Hackernoon, Attention Hacking Is The Epidemic Of Our Generation

Plato, Phaedrus, sections 274b – 278e, on writing and memory.

October 1st: Internet and the Future of Education

Nicholas Carr, MIT Technology Review, The Crisis In Higher Education

Plato Teaetetus, excerpts on knowledge and educational “midwifery”

October 8th: Whose Internet? Privacy and Control

Julian Assange, Wikileaks, Google Is Not What It Seems

Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, Come and Take It 

Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica Print a Handgun at Home on Cody Wilson and his Ghost Gunner Internet distribution of gunsmithing materials.

October 15th: Cultural Formation and Fragmentation

Scott Beauchamp, Vaporwave and Simone Weil’s Void

Unknown Author, “Vaporwave Nostalgia”

Friedrich Schiller, On the Aesthetic Education of Man, Letter 9

October 22nd: The Polis Online: Internet and Political Life

Edward Bernays, The Engineering of Consent (1947)

Sunstein and Vermeule, Conspiracy Theories (2008)

If you are interested in joining us we ask that you please RSVP using the button below.