Upcoming conference at Western States Communication Association (WSCA) next week and I'll be chairing two panels. I'm excited that two of my favorite colleagues, Andy Wood of San Jose State and Jason Tester of the Institute For The Future, will be on the following panel with me:
Envisioning Future Media Spaces and Users: Augmenting Social Freedom or not?
In Code: And Other Laws of Cyberspace (1999), Lawrence Lessig discusses the increasing legislative umbrella that new technologies of software and hardware now hold over our freedom of action on a daily basis especially in the devices that circulate popular culture from ipods to Google tools. However, this control does not occur through the actions of public legislation; instead, in the name of protecting their intellectual assets, corporations are embedding restrictions into these devices without debate. Actions that were formally legal and free for example, such as copying a video on one's TV, may cost in the future with the advance of digital TV. To what extent will new media restrict our cultural expression or our political freedom? Media spaces (whether analog or digital) are multimedia environments connecting geographically dispersed spaces (Bly, S.A et al, 1993)*. Building from that stance, the panel explores the imagined and real affordances (the allowance or prohibition of daily action) that new media spaces allow, embed, or forbid. How can media spaces or their users augment social freedom in the future? The panel engages this topic with perspectives based on envisioning the future of ubiquitous media and computing in urban spaces, the aural enclaves of the Ipod, and the emergence of Dark Mobs.