The main goal of Meta/hacking the Internet is to create a conversation that pauses to consider (1) how we tend to talk about the internet and (2) how those tendencies matter in terms of what we expect the internet to do and whom we expect it to serve.
As students, teachers, parents, activists, consumers and partners, people use and talk about the internet every day, relying on its connectivity and convenience to work, create and communicate. Yet as is often the case with technological infrastructure that we use on a daily basis, it’s increasingly easy to lose sight of the internet as a set of tools and platforms that matter deeply as sources of pleasure as much as survival, to let the internet blend into a wider array of communication and information practices in ways that foreclose the potential for generating social change.
A group of activists, academics and artists will kick off the workshop by sharing thoughts on internet metaphors they find particularly funny, problematic or useful. Following these brief talks, attendees will brainstorm on these metaphors (and perhaps create their own), culminating in an interactive maker session. As a way of gearing up for Annenberg’s Digital Culture Symposium, this workshop is intended to provoke discussion about the metaphors surrounding the internet – what are the synonyms, metaphors and key descriptors we use to make sense of the tools that we need to work and play? How do these metaphors shape assumptions about what the internet is meant to do?
This event is being held in the Forum of the Annenberg School for Communication from 5:30pm-6:30pm. For those attending the event, there will be a reception in the Plaza Lobby from 6:30pm-7:30pm.
If you are interested in attending this event PLEASE RSVP to Emily Plowman.