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Sunday, March 13 • 9:30am - 10:30am
Disconnecting the Dots: How Our Devices are Divisive

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We drive cars to the gym to run miles on a treadmill. Inclement weather notwithstanding, why don’t we just run down the street? The activities are disconnected. We sit in close physical proximity with each other and text others far away. The activities are disconnected. Technological mediation creates a disconnection between physical goals and technology’s "help" in easing our workload. There are at least two types of disconnection enveloping our days: one between ourselves and our environment (e.g., pumping water vs. pumping iron) and one between ourselves and each other (e.g., individual distraction vs. global connection) with technology wedged in between in both cases. If our culture is essentially technology-driven, then what kind of culture emerges from such disconnections between our physical goals and our technologically enabled activities?

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Roy Christopher

Asst InstructorThe University of TexasI marshal the middle between Mathers and McLuhan.

Sunday March 13, 2011 9:30am - 10:30am
Austin Convention Center, Room 6AB 500 E Cesar Chavez St

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