March 27: LeBoff Public Lecture with Wendy Hui Kyong Chun

The LeBoff Distinguished Visiting Scholar Program and NYU Steinhardt Department of Media, Culture, and Communication present "Habitual New Media: The Involuntary, the Irrational, and the Irresistible" with Wendy Hui Kyong Chun.

Thursday, March 27, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
239 Greene Street, Floor 8

Join Wendy Hui Kyong Chun and other scholars in communication studies to engage in conversation concerning new media:

"New media exist as the bleeding edge of obsolescence. They are exciting when they are demonstrated, boring by the time they arrive. If a product does what it promises, it disappoints, perversely making every success a failure. We are forever trying to catch up, updating simply to remain the same, bored, overwhelmed and anxious all at the same time. In response to this rapid time scale, much analytic effort has concentrated on anticipating or creating the future, the next big thing.

But is this really the best approach? What is elided by this constant move to the future, which dismisses the present as already past? Habitual New Media counters this trend by revealing that our media matter most when they seem not to matter at all, that is, when they’ve moved from the new to the habitual. The pressing question is not: “what will be the next big thing?” but “why and how do things remain, especially when they seem no longer to remain at all?”

This event is free and open to the public. Registration for the event, however, is required.