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Sad by Design: On Platform Nihilism w/ Geert Lovink & Athina Karatzogianni

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Pluto Live and Conway Hall are delighted to host the official book launch for Geert Lovink's new book Sad by Design: On Platform Nihilism published by Pluto Press. Geert will be joined by chair Emily Reynolds.

Sadness is now a design problem. The highs and lows of melancholy are coded into social media platforms. After all the clicking, browsing, swiping and liking, all we are left with is the flat and empty aftermath of time lost to the app.

Sad by Design offers a critical analysis of the growing social media controversies such as fake news, toxic viral memes and online addiction. The failed search for a grand design has resulted in depoliticised internet studies unable to generate either radical critique or a search for alternatives.

Geert Lovink calls for us to embrace the engineered intimacy of social media, messenger apps and selfies, because boredom is the first stage of overcoming 'platform nihilism'. Then, after the haze, we can organise to disrupt the data extraction industries at their core.

Geert Lovink is a media theorist, internet critic and author of Zero Comments (Routledge, 2007), Networks Without a Cause (Polity, 2012), Social Media Abyss (Polity, 2016) and Sad By Design (Pluto, 2019). He founded the Institute of Network Cultures at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences and teaches at the European Graduate School.

Dr Athina Karatzogianni is an Associate Professor in Media and Communication at the University of Leicester, UK. Her research portfolio, on the impact of digitization on conflict, economics and security, reflects a commitment to research that is rigorous and innovative, with applied practice that is relevant and internationally influential. Her most recent book is Platform Economics: Rhetoric and Reality the "Sharing Economy" (Emerald, 2018).

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Doors open at 6.45pm for a 7pm start.

Tickets are £3 each (plus fees) and can each be redeemed against a copy of Sad by Design (RRP: £16.99).

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