Cybersalon Digital Futures: Evgeny Morozov - 9 Dec
PLEASE NOTE WE ARE NOW SOLD OUT FOR EVGENY MOROZOV!
09 Dec: X'Mas Lecture by Evgeny Morozov - What Does it Mean to be Critical of Technology Today? (details below)
28 Jan 2014: Wearable Computing
25 Feb 2014: Fear and Loathing of Human Enhancement
Mon 09 Dec at 7pm: Cybersalon Xmas Lecture
(Bar opens at 6.30pm)
What Does it Mean to be Critical of Technology Today?
Was the optimism of the Arab Spring the high water mark of our love affair with the Internet?
For our annual year end lecture Cybersalon invited Evgeny Morozov, perhaps the digital network's most strident critic.
Morozov -- who has variously been called a lone visionary voice and digital media's most intellectual troll -- will deliver an exclusive lecture at Cybersalon.
He will delve into and no doubt excoriate the ethics, consumerism, governance, and neoliberalism of Silicon Valley.
It's not that the current crop of Internet intellectuals are factually wrong or blinded by some false ideology Morozov says. It's that, in seeking to explain "the Internet," they keep reinforcing a discourse that itself is in great need of disruption.
"Simply put, the Internet discourse has outlived its usefulness. It leads to what I call the coherence fallacy, the origins fallacy, and the objectivity fallacy. These fallacies corrupt our thinking and confuse our policies."
Morozov demurs that he is not as anti-technology as the media makes him out to be. But "acknowledging that a world saturated with modern technologies is not automatically hostile to progressive and democratic ideals should not blind us to the fact that, due to the present historical situation, we are ill-equipped to unlock their emancipatory potential."
In fact, he says, the opposite is true: "as long as the global political and economic regime is characterised by the dismantlement of the welfare state, the decline of the very idea of public goods, the triumph of tinkering over structural reform, the victory of psychology over philosophy as the favourite discipline of our technocratic classes, we shouldn't expect technology to perform much of an emancipatory function."
Richard Barbrook will deliver a response to the lecture, after which we will open questions to the floor.
We expect a robust lecture and no doubt a critical and robust response from our audience.
Cybersalon's year end lecture is a prestigious affair where we normally give one prominent thinker a chance to share his ideas. Do come.
Evgeny Morozov: Originally from Belarus, Evgeny Morozov is a contributing editor at The New Republic and the author of The Net Delusion: The Dark Side of Internet Freedom and To Save Everything, Click Here: The Folly of Technological Solutionism. In 2010-2012 he was a visiting scholar at Stanford University and a Schwartz fellow at the New America Foundation. In 2009-2010 he was a fellow at Georgetown University and in 2008-2009 he was a fellow at the Open Society Foundations (where he also sat on the board of the Information Program between 2008 and 2012). Between 2006 and 2008 he was Director of New Media at Transitions Online and was in Berlin. Morozov is a prolific essayist and his writing regularly appears in many of the world's leading publications.
Chair: Wessel van Rensburg (RAAK/Cybersalon)
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