Reading Programming Code as a Cultural Object

MIT Building 14E, Room 311 160 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA

Let's talk about what it means to start reading code differently, as cultural objects and statements. Let's raise the questions that need to be raised.

Miguel Sicart: “Play in the Age of Computing Machinery”

MIT Media Lab, Room 633 75 Amherst St., Cambridge, MA

Games scholar Miguel Sicart of the IT University of Copenhagen looks at the culture, aesthetics, and technological implications of play in the age of computers.

Black + Twitter: A Cultural Informatics Approach

MIT Building 3, Room 133 33 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA

André Brock, scholar of Black cyberculture, offers that Twitter's feature set and ubiquity map closely onto Black discursive identity.

Music Fandom and the Shaping of Online Culture

MIT Building 56, Room 114 Access via 21 Ames Street, Cambridge, MA

Nancy Baym: "By the time musicians and industry figures realized they could use the internet to reach audiences directly, those audiences had already established their presences and social norms online, putting them in unprecedented positions of power."

Paloma Duong, “Portable Postsocialisms [postsocialismos de bolsillo]”

MIT Building E15, Room 318 (Common Area) 20 Ames Street, Cambridge, MA

Assistant Professor Paloma Duong on "how revisiting our assumptions about digital media and cultural agency, both in Cuba and in the broader hemispheric context, can speak to the dreams and demands of constituencies that operate between, beneath, and beyond the pressures of global markets and the nation-state."