European Media Art Festiaval Osnabrück
Kongress / Sa, 23. April 2016 | 13:00 / Haus der Jugend

Predicting the Past and Narrating the Future: The Techie in Networked Societies

Dr. Nishant Shah

One of the most ubiquitous figures of the digital turn is the techie. The techie comes out of nowhere, suddenly erupts on the landscape, and gets activated by networked technologies into building a nation of the future. The techie becomes a figure that is made bereft of history and unmarked by pasts. At the same time, the futures that techies build are planned visions that regulate, contain and control the body of the techie. I propose that the figure of the techie helps understand the role digital technologies play in marking us as subjects of history and subject to futures.

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