A strangeness abounds when people are asked to theorize and elucidate something so untethered and rhizomatic as the Internet. At its basic structure, networks connect us to the images, data and knowledge we draw upon every day. Yet what is at the heart of these connections and what separates or integrates our In Real Life (IRL) and digital personas? This past weekend, the annual Theorizing the Web conference took place in New York’s bustling Midtown district at the City University of New York’s (CUNY) graduate center. Co-founders Nathan Jurgenson and PJ Rey created the conference in the hopes of balancing theory and practice with the diverse set of presenters and contributors while bridging the gap between institution and academia to the general public. Since the theme of this year’s conference dealt primarily with notion of surveillance, many of the panels focused on the different ways surveillance is used, not only to learn behaviors and habits of people, but as a means of creating a self through data or better understanding our connections and interactions online…read the entire review here
If you are in the New York area (Hunter College, specifically) from March 1-2, please consider attending the Theorizing the Web 2013 Conference. I will be presenting my research as a part of a panel discussion titled, “You are what you Post” during the Saturday breakout sessions. I will also be serving as a hashtag moderator for the panel, “The Participatory Culture Industry.” The conference will be live streamed so if you are remote, no fear. You will be able to log on for an augmented conference experience. It is an extreme honor to be included in such fine company! Look out for my tweets and tumblr posts. It would also be wonderful to see you on the Twitter stream during the conference. 🙂 Please click on the flyer above for more details!